Obedience to Authority: Current Perspectives on the Milgram Paradigm

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Thomas Blass
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000 - Psychology - 251 pages
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Stanley Milgram's experiments on obedience to authority are among the most important psychological studies of the 20th century. Perhaps because of the enduring significance of the findings - the surprising ease with which ordinary persons can be commanded to act destructively against an innocent individual by a legitimate authority - it continues to claim the attention of psychologists and other social scientists, as well as the general public. The study continues to inspire valuable research and analysis. The goal of this book is to present current work inspired by the obedience paradigm. Obedience to Authority: Current Perspectives on the Milgram Paradigm demonstrates the vibrancy of the obedience paradigm by presenting some of its most important and stimulating contemporary uses and applications. Paralleling Milgram's own eclecticism in the content and style of his research and writing, the contributions comprise a potpourri of styles of research and presentation - ranging from personal narratives, through conceptual analyses to randomized experiments.

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Blass is a professor of social psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is the undisputed expert on Milgram's life and work.

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