SOC 101- Lecture 3

SOC 101- Lecture 3 - Lecture 3 Major Theme Us vs Them US...

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Lecture 3 Major Theme: Us vs. Them US soldiers tortured detainees for boy being raped Could this have happenned if American soldiers didn’t view Islamic fundamentalists as completely different. 1972, experiment at Stanford Prison Mock prison 23 volunteers Psychologist/sociologist made sure they were normal Divided them into two groups: guards and prisoners Within 36 hours, the first prisoner broke down Within a week, the prisoners led a riot In the ensuing days, the guards became more and more sadistic Good guards never intervened Had to end the experiment later They did not start out as good or evil. This was the immediate transformation of normal people. One of the guards recalled that he never believed he could act like that without remorse. He realized he always had this side. He blamed the problem on the lack of supervision in prison. A “good” guard joined the army, became a “bad” guard, and became a broken man. Situational determinism- Each person has the same capacity.
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Mitchellduneier,devahpager during the Fall '07 term at Princeton.

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SOC 101- Lecture 3 - Lecture 3 Major Theme Us vs Them US...

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