Obedience to Authority

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-16
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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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 book is one well worth the effort. It reveals an element of human being that is so easy to forget, especially given that our culture is so bent on denying any element of - or at least any potential for - evil within ourselves.

Obedience to Authority is Milgram's fascinating and troubling chronicle of his classic study and a vivid and persuasive explanation of his conclusions.

''... one of the most significant books I have read in more than two decades of reviewing" -Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

Author Biography

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 Socio-Psychological prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He died in 1984 at the age of fifty-one. Philip Zimbardo is a professor emeritus at Stanford University. The author of The Lucifer Effect, he is known for the famous Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Harper Perennial Modern Thought Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
The Dilemma of Obediencep. 1
Method of Inquiryp. 13
Expected Behaviorp. 27
Closeness of the Victimp. 32
Individuals Confront Authorityp. 44
Further Variations and Controlsp. 55
Individuals Confront Authority IIp. 73
Role Permutationsp. 89
Group Effectsp. 113
Why Obedience?-An Analysisp. 123
The Process of Obedience: Applying the Analysis to the Experimentp. 135
Strain and Disobediencep. 153
An Alternative Theory: Is Aggression the Key?p. 165
Problems of Methodp. 169
Epiloguep. 179
Problems of Ethics in Researchp. 193
Patterns Among Individualsp. 203
Notesp. 206
Referencesp. 213
Indexp. 219
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Amazing book April 18, 2011
This textbook presents a mind-blowing revelation on every page, and yet you will recognize everything in it from your everyday life. That is what makes it so chilling. The book's greatest asset was the description of different manipulations and variables that Milgram tinkered with. These variations are typically not described in other places and reveal the conditions under which obedience is highest. This rental textbook should be read so people will know what they are capable of and can take it into account. I received it within days. Seller was good, I give my highest recommendation.
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