Relationship Between Military Prisoners And Their Guards Essay

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Stanford Prison Experiment In 1971, Philip Zimbardo, funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, conducted the Stanford Prison Experiment to pursue an enhanced comprehension of the tension and conflict between military prisoners and their guards (“Stanford Prison Experiment,” 2015). In this infamous psychology experiment, participants were arbitrarily allocated to the role of prisoner or guard: prisoners stayed in the cells of a Stanford University basement while the guards worked eight-hour shifts. The guards developed authoritarian and draconian manners; the prisoners were cruelly treated and pitted against each other. This experiment raises questions concerning reality, identity, and ethics.
Reality in a Prison Setting The basement of the Psychology Department at Stanford University, Stanford County Prison, was designed to be as parallel to an authentic prison as possible (Haney, 2007). The small rooms that served as cells had barred door with beds for the prisoners (Haney, 2007). The hallway area was transformed to be the “prison yard” for group activities (Haney, 2007). The prison even contained a small room to be used for disciplining prisoners with solitary confinement (Haney, 2007). Furthermore, the prisoners wore uniforms and the guards wore militaristic apparel. Consensus reality is the reality that is agreed upon, which can often be problematic because what is real becomes uncertain from inconsistencies between the subjects. The physical reality, or actual…

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