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The Lucifer effect : understanding how good people turn evil

Author: Philip G Zimbardo
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on examples from history as well as his own ... research, [the author] details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women ... By illuminating the psychological causes behind such disturbing metamorphoses, [he] enables us to better understand a variety of harrowing phenomena, from corporate malfeasance to organized genocide to how once upstanding  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Philip G Zimbardo
OCLC Number: 150548082
Notes: Originally published: New York : Random House, ©2007.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Psychology of evil, situated character transformations --
Sunday's surprise arrests --
Let Sunday's degradation rituals begin --
Monday's prisoner rebellion --
Tuesday's double trouble, visitors and rioters --
Wednesday is spiraling out of control --
Power to parole --
Thursday's reality confrontations --
Friday's fade to black --
The SPE's meaning and messages, the alchemy of character transformations --
SPE, ethics and extensions --
Investigating social dynamics, power, conformity, and obedience --
Investigating social dynamics, deindividuation, dehumanization, and the evil of inaction --
Abu Ghraib's abuses and tortures, understanding and personalizing its horrors --
Putting the system on trial, command complicity --
Resisting situational influences and celebrating heroism.
Responsibility: Philip Zimbardo.

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Drawing on examples from history as well as his own ... research, [the author] details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women ... By illuminating the psychological causes behind such disturbing metamorphoses, [he] enables us to better understand a variety of harrowing phenomena, from corporate malfeasance to organized genocide to how once upstanding American soldiers came to abuse and torture Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib. He replaces the long-held notion of the "bad apple" with that of the "bad barrel"--The idea that the social setting and the system contaminate the individual, rather than the other way around.-Dust jacket.

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