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A truth that does not always speak its name: how Hollander and Turowetz’s findings confirm and extend the engaged followership analysis of harm-doing in the Milgram paradigm

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S. Alexander Haslam, Stephen David Reicher

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Hollander and Turowetz (2017) present important data from post-experimental interviews with participants in Milgram’s ‘obedience’ research. In these, participants responded to various questions about their perceptions of the study and their behaviour by indicating that they trusted the Experimenter not to let them inflict serious harm. Relatively few participants indicated that they acted as they did because they were committed to the Experimenter or to science. We argue, however, that there are two key reasons why this evidence is not inconsistent with claims that harm-doing is a product of engaged followership. The first is that (in contrast to the data obtained from later post-experimental surveys) the conversational logic of the interviews does not topicalise a discussion or valorisation of science, but instead requires participants to defend themselves against an accusation of improper behaviour. The second is that participants’ accounts of their behaviour nevertheless revolved around expressions of trust in the Experimenter which can themselves be see as manifestations of shared identity and engaged followership. Nevertheless, we argue that H&T’s analysis points to significant ways in which the engaged followership account and its broader implications for understanding perpetrator behaviour can be embellished.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-300
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Volume57
Issue number2
Early online date21 Feb 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Feb 2018

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  • Milgram, Obedience, Conformity, Authority, Social identification, Followership

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