The Power Of The Church

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Milgram would interpret the outside environment of the church and the church as a change in environment that is in line with his observation. Although there was a more immediate response to the command inside of the church, the usher outside of the church still obeyed and followed the orders of the authority figure, which in this case is the priest. Therefore, the environment/ background has no significant difference in the subject’s willingness to obey the command of the authority figure. The results from his studies also demonstrates that “Presence of an authority is an important force contributing to the subject’s obedience or defiance. manipulation of the experimenter’s position yielded more powerful results”. As a result, Milgram would agree that the closeness of the priest affected the assembly’s obedience. In these social situations the authority figure is the priest and he dominates over the assembly. According to Max-Weber, domination is “the probability that commands will be obeyed by a given group. And legitimate forms of domination are authority” (Smith, PowerPoint-Power Distance Index). The three kinds of authority figures that Weber speaks of is rational-legal, traditional, and charismatic. Rational legal authority consists of people who are in power due to objective rules legally enacted or contractually established. Traditional authority is chosen through customarily transmitted rules that are passed down through time. And is legitimate through the
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