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Milgram at 50: Exploring the Enduring Relevance of Psychology's most Famous Studies

Milgram at 50: Exploring the Enduring Relevance of Psychology's most Famous Studies

S. Alexander Haslam (Editor), Arthur G. Miller (Editor), Stephen Reicher (Editor), Ann Bettencourt (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-02902-1

Sep 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

210 pages

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To mark the 50th anniversary of Milgram's first major publication—"Behavioral study of obedience" (1963)—this issue contains fourteen papers from eading Milgram scholars examining the contemporary relevance of the famous Yale studies. The issue offers a critical appraisal of the impact of Milgram's work, as well as its moral dangers and analytic weaknesses. Several important new perspectives obtained from archival analysis and innovative methodologies are also presented. The relevance of Milgram's experiments for an understanding of the Holocaust is given particular emphasis. The issue presents a range of fresh material that provides the basis for a significant updating of our appreciation of Milgram's legacy, and that will inform forthcoming scholarship and debate.

INTRODUCTION

What Makes a Person a Perpetrator? The Intellectual, Moral, and Methodological Arguments for Revisiting Milgram’s Research on the Influence of Authority 393
Stephen D. Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam, and Arthur G. Miller

SECTION I: THE GAPS IN MILGRAM’S ANALYSIS: NEW INSIGHTS FROM THE MILGRAM ARCHIVES

The Emergence of Milgram’s Bureaucratic Machine 409
Nestar Russell

Discourse, Defiance, and Rationality: “Knowledge Work” in the “Obedience” Experiments 424
Stephen Gibson

Revisioning Obedience: Exploring the Role of Milgram’s Skills as a Filmmaker in Bringing His Shocking Narrative to Life 439
Kathryn Millard

SECTION II: THE RICHNESS OF MILGRAM’S FINDINGS: INSIGHTS FROM EMPIRICAL AND CONCEPTUAL EXTENSIONS

Milgram’s Unpublished Obedience Variation and its Historical Relevance 454
Francois Rochat and Thomas Blass

Nothing by Mere Authority: Evidence that in an Experimental Analogue of the Milgram Paradigm Participants are Motivated not by Orders but by Appeals to Science 471
S. Alexander Haslam, Stephen D. Reicher, and Megan E. Birney

Beyond Obedience: Situational Features in Milgram’s Experiment That Kept His Participants
Shocking 487
Jerry M. Burger

SECTION III: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MILGRAM’S EXPERIMENTS: OBEDIENCE, DESTRUCTIVENESS, AND RESISTANCE

Obeying, Joining, Following, Resisting, and Other Processes in the Milgram Studies, and in the Holocaust and Other Genocides: Situations, Personality, and Bystanders 499
Ervin Staub

“Ordinary Men,” Extraordinary Circumstances: Historians, Social Psychology, and the Holocaust 513
Richard Overy

Authorities and Uncertainties: Applying Lessons from the Study of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust to the Milgram Legacy 529
Rachel L. Einwohner

SECTION IV: THE MEANING OF MILGRAM’S EXPERIMENTS: CAUSALITY, RESPONSIBILITY, AND CONTEXT

Observing Obedience: How Sophisticated are Social Perceivers? 542
Andrew E. Monroe and Glenn D. Reeder

The Explanatory Value of Milgram’s Obedience Experiments: A Contemporary Appraisal 556
Arthur G. Miller

Obedience, Self-Control, and the Voice of Culture 572
Michael R. Ent and Roy F. Baumeister

SECTION V: OVERVIEW AND COMMENTARY

50:50 Hindsight: Appreciating Anew the contributions of Milgram’s Obedience Experiments 585
Jolanda Jetten and Frank Mols