A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Studies of Obedience Using the Milgram Paradigm: A Review
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Social and Personality Psychology Compass
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 196–205, February 2012
How to Cite
Blass, T. (2012), A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Studies of Obedience Using the Milgram Paradigm: A Review. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6: 196–205. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00417.x
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2012
This report presents cross-cultural comparisons of studies on obedience to authority using the classic Milgram paradigm, which provide answers to the following questions:
1. Overall, does the level of obedience found in the United States differ from that found in other countries?
2. Is the nature or pattern of sex differences in obedience the same or different in the United States and elsewhere?
3. How does Milgram’s “agentic state” conceptualization – that destructive obedience presupposes a shift in responsibility from the perpetrator to the authority – fare cross-culturally?