Sociology 1020 Chapter Notes - Chapter 26: The Dilemma

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Chapter 26 - obedience to authority: an experimental view. The milgram experiment"s goal was to find out how difficult it is to get otherwise decent people to obey an order to harm another human being. Someone that tells someone to do something (like harming someone) wouldn"t do it unless they were in a position of authority. The study gives a dilemma contemporary form by treating it as a subject matter for experimental inquiry. From 1933-1945, millions of people were killed because of nazi germany. The people obeyed the orders given to them. The idea of the experiment was that a person comes to a psychology laboratory and is told to carry out a series of acts that come increasingly into conflict with conscience. The main question was how for the participant will comply with the experimenter s instructions before refusing to carry out the actions required of him/her.

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