Thursday, November 13, 2008

Five Steps to Tyranny




Source: Brightcove (alternative: YouTube: pt1, pt2, pt3, pt4, pt5)

Five Steps to Tyranny (2000) examines the psychological and social factors that lead to individual conformity. Using examples like the Milgram experiment, Albanian bigotry in Kosovo, Rwandan genocide, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this documentary details five factors that enable one group of people to dominate, oppress, and even kill another. The film features commentary by psychologist and architect of the Stanford Prison experiment, Philip G. Zimbardo.


Resources:

In the Library:
  • Blass, Thomas. 2000. Obedience to authority: current perspectives on the Milgram paradigm. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. [link: WorldCat]
  • Kallen, Evelyn. 2004. Social inequality and social injustice: a human rights perspective. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [link: WorldCat]
  • Newman, Leonard S., and Ralph Erber. 2002. Understanding genocide the social psychology of the Holocaust. New York: Oxford University Press. [link: NetLibrary]
  • Sunstein, Cass R. 2003. Why societies need dissent. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web: