Annotated Bibliography On Obedience And Authority

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Summary (Milgram Study):
In the intro of “Obedience to Authority,” Milgram aptly points out that “some system of authority is a requirement of all communal living”(Milgram 1). This is a universal human truth. Authority is something that humanity, from the beginning of time, has consistently relied upon. Milgram argues that “obedience is the psychological mechanism that links individual action to political purpose” and that it is the “dispositional cement that binds men to systems of authority” (Milgram 1). I argue that obedience is as instinctual as the flight or fight mechanism of the brain.
There is an intrinsic desire to follow something, whether that be a religious icon, a political leader, or a social role model. Obedience, like the need for authority, is part of what gives man a specific identity. Obedience is a social and cultural necessity. While the importance and influence of obedience differs culture to culture, between all groups of people, in all types of countries, and under all forms of government, however menial, it is as ingrained as is smiling or frowning.
People have long been uncomfortable when they feel lack of purpose or a meaning; it can be a hopeless life when one thinks they are a random, purposeless dot in a bunch of chaos. So, when people are united under an authority and they are given orders, no matter how bizarre or unethical, their authority has given them a purpose and a meaning. People need to obey.
When the experiment was re-studied and…

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