Obedience to Authority: Current Perspectives on the Milgram Paradigm

Synopsis

Stanley Milgram's experiments on obedience to authority are among the most important psychological studies of this 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.

This book 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.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Harold Takooshian
  • Judith Waters
  • Barry E. Collins
  • Laura Ma
  • François Rochat
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Mahwah, NJ
Publication year:
  • 2000