The Milgram Experiment, Prudential, And The Stanford Prison Experiment

755 Words Sep 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Agency and structure greatly influences our society, and as a result, formal rationalities are often created. However, sometimes boundaries are crossed and the border between composure and madness is easily ripped to shreds. Pressure frequently refines character, but it mostly defines character; when pressure is at its strongest, people find out who they really are. In the sociological experiments: The Milgram Experiment, Prudential: Everybody’s Doing It, and the Stanford Prison Experiment, that theory is tested, and society is easily able to analyze the differences between circumstances and people’s decisions, which raises the questions: whether conformity is better than rebellion and if we have the power to exercise free will at all. Subsequently, structure is sometimes categorized as the force, or higher-authority, that keeps society straight. Due to a title given by the government, citizens are expected to abide by them; however, it is quite interesting to see what people consider to be higher-authority and how they respond to their influence, even though they are unarmed. In the Milgram Experiment, many of the participants didn’t realize how evil and inhumane it was to torture another living individual, based on incorrectly answered questions, until they were almost finished administering the tests, and realized that the potentially lethal doses they contributed to caused complete silence. Interestingly, only a few had the courage to rebel, while the others were…

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