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A modern classic with a new foreword by Stanley Milgram's former teacher and friend, author Jerome S. Bruner, Obedience to Authority emerges, even on the thirtieth anniversary of its publication, as a timely book for this age of war and terrorism.

Half a century ago, social scientist Stanley Milgram carried out a series of experiments. The "teacher" is told to administer electroshocks in progressively more painful degrees to the "learner." The teacher — unaware that the learner is an actor receiving no shocks at all — is the real focus of the study. These controversial and criticized experiments illustrate how people will obey authority regardless of consequences.

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

About the Author

Stanley Milgram taught social psychology at Yale and Harvard Universities before becoming a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received several honors and awards, including 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060737283
Subtitle:
An Experimental View
Author:
Milgram, Stanley
Author:
by Stanley Milgram
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Authority
Subject:
Obedience
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Perennial Classic
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.16x5.48x.61 in. .50 lbs.

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