Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View

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Harper Collins, Jun 30, 2009 - Psychology - 256 pages
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In the 1960s Stanley Milgram carried out a series of experiments in which human subjects were given progressively more painful electro-shocks in a careful calibrated series to determine to what extent people will obey orders even when they knew them to be painful and immoral-to determine how people will obey authority regardless of consequences. These experiments came under heavy criticism at the time but have ultimately been vindicated by the scientific community. This book is Milgram′s vivid and persuasive explanation of his methods.

 

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i loved reading this book even though it was research for a paper in my sociology because of its lessons it had to teach. The lessons are scary but necessary to confront in any time of how far the human species can go and truly feel with all their heart "their just following orders" Read full review

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The author details the famous experiment done at Yale in the 1970s where subjects were requested to give increasing levels of shock to "victims" to test how obedient people would be in complying with ... Read full review

Contents

The Dilemma of Obedience
1
Method of Inquiry
13
Expected Behavior
27
Closeness of the Victim
32
VOICEFEEDBACK
34
Individuals Confront Authority
44
Further Variations and Controls
55
CHANGE OF PERSONNEL
58
LEARNER DEMANDS TO BE SHOCKED
90
AN ORDINARY MAN CIVES ORDERS
93
13a THE SUBJECT AS BYSTANDER
97
AN ORDINARY MAN COMMANDING
99
CONTRADICTORY COMMANDS
105
ONE AS VICTIM
107
Group Effects
113
TWO PEERS REBEL
116

CLOSENESS OF AUTHORITY
59
WOMEN AS SUBJECTS
62
THE VICTIMS LIMITED CONTRACT
63
INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT
66
SUBJECT FREE TO CHOOSE SHOCK LEVEL
70
Individuals Confront Authority II
73
Role Permutations
89
A PEER ADMINISTERS SHOCKS
121
Why Obedience?An Analysis
123
Applying the Analysis to
135
Strain and Disobedience
153
Is Aggression the Key?
165
Epilogue
179
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Stanley Milgram taught social psychology at Yale University and Harvard University before becoming a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His honors and awards include a Ford Foundation fellowship, an -American Association for the Advancement of Science sociopsychological prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He died in 1984 at the age of fifty-one.

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