The Social Psychology of Obedience Towards Authority
An Empirical Tribute to Stanley Milgram
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This rich volume explores the complex problem of obedience and conformity, re-examining Stanley Milgram’s famous electric shock study, and presenting the findings of the most extensive empirical study on obedience toward authority since Milgram's era.
Dolinski and Grzyb refer to their own series of studies testing various hypotheses from Milgram’s and others’ research, examining underlying obedience mechanisms as well as factors modifying the degree of obedience displayed by individuals in different situations. They offer their theoretical model explaining subjects’ obedience in Milgram’s paradigm and describe numerous examples of the destructive effect of thoughtless obedience both in our daily lives as well as in crucial historical events, stressing the need for critical thinking when issued with a command.
Concluding with reflections on how to prevent the danger of destructive obedience to authority, this insightful volume will be fascinating reading for students and academics in social psychology, as well as those in fields concerned with complex social problems.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: It happened in New Haven!
Chapter 2. The what and why of Stanley Milgram’s experiments
Chapter 3. How did Milgram do it?
Chapter 4. Not just electricity.
Chapter 5. Why are they so extremely obedient?! In search of the psychological mechanism.
Chapter 6. Ethical dilemmas on the road to scientific truth.
Chapter 7. Multiple foot in the door and obedience.
Chapter 8. Are you going to be less obedient if there is a real possibility of the victim "repaying" you?
Chapter 9. Would you electrocute a woman?
Chapter 10. Individual differences and behaviour during the experiment.
Chapter 11. What if we do not pay them upfront?
Chapter 12. I would have stopped sooner.
Chapter 13. What our program did and did not ascertain
Chapter 14. A present-day man – an obedient man.
Chapter 15. What can be done to reduce the scale of pathological obedience?
Dariusz Dolinski is Professor at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland. He is editor of the Polish Psychological Bulletin, Past President of the Polish Association of Social Psychology, and the Committee for Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Tomasz Grzyb is Professor at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland. He is currently serving as President of the Polish Society for Social Psychology. He is a visiting lecturer in the NATO School Oberammergau in Germany and the Multinational Peace Support Operation Training Centre in Kilkis, Greece.