SOC101Y1 Lecture Notes - Groupthink

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11 Jan 2011
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In the case of the holocaust genocide- how was it possible for so many thousands of. Germans to systematically murder millions of jews, homosexuals, and roma (gypsies: sociologists identify three factors to explain why most people conform. 13 popular teenage boys, members of their high school football team, lured a mentally disabled young woman into a basement. Four of them actually raped her, while three looked on, and the other six left when they realized what was happening. The trial took years to occur, and many of the town members stood up for the boys, blaming the defendant instead, and the boys only got very light sentences. Sociologist bernard lefkowitz blamed the community for the rape, saying that the boys had exaggerated the values that they had learned from their elders. They always saw women in a subordinate role, with few women in their town in positions of authority.

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