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Stanley Milgram

Understanding Obedience and its Implications

ISBN 9780230573154
Publication Date October 2009
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Mind Shapers

In a series of ingenious studies, social psychologist Stanley Milgram, examined the impact of modern society on the psychology of individuals.
His most famous experiment saw participants commanded to administer painful electric shocks to supposed fellow volunteers and their compliance raised serious questions about the limits of moral autonomy and the ability of individuals to resist authority.
Lunt explores the historical and cultural setting of Milgram's social psychology, his intellectual roots and the continuing relevance of his research today. This authoritative introduction is essential reading for all those interested in the psychology of power and obedience.

PETER LUNT is a Social psychologist and media scholar. He is Professor of Media and Communications at Brunel University, UK. His previous books include Talk on Television and Mass Consumption and Personal Identity (both with Sonia Livingstone). He taught social psychology at University College London for nearly twenty years.

Milgram's Obedience to Authority Experiments
Milgram's Theory and Explanation of his Findings
The Reaction of the Psychological Community
Power, Domination and the Sociology of the Holocaust
Political Culture, Political Theory and Social Influence
The Individual in a Social World
Contemporary Resonance of Milgram's Research


"An impressive and scholarly examination of Milgram's work and intellectual legacy. Deserving of a place on the bookshelf of any academic who cares about the past, present and future of social psychology."- 'Richard Wiseman, Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and author of Quirkology and The Luck Factor
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