Obedience to Authority

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HarperCollins, Jul 11, 2017 - Psychology - 256 pages
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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE THE EXPERIMENTER

“The classic account of the human tendency to follow orders, no matter who they hurt or what their consequences.”  — Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

In the 1960s Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram famously carried out a series of experiments that forever changed our perceptions of morality and free will. The subjects—or “teachers”—were instructed to administer electroshocks to a human “learner,” with the shocks becoming progressively more powerful and painful. Controversial but now strongly vindicated by the scientific community, these experiments attempted to determine to what extent people will obey orders from authority figures regardless of consequences. “Milgram’s experiments on obedience have made us more aware of the dangers of uncritically accepting authority,” wrote Peter Singer in the New York Times Book Review. Featuring a new introduction from Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, Obedience to Authority is Milgram’s fascinating and troubling chronicle of his classic study and a vivid and persuasive explanation of his conclusions.

 

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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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