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Tyranny, freedom and social structure: Escaping our theoretical prisons

Turner, John C


Reicher and Haslam's (2006) BBC prison study undermines the idea that people passively accept and enact social roles. In this commentary, I point out that this idea is an example of Moscovici's (1976) conformity bias and a wider stability bias in social psychological theorizing. In many key areas, the science prefers analyses that explain how and why social structures, intergroup and power relations, personalities and beliefs maintain and reproduce themselves, and indeed cannot be changed,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: British Journal of Social Psychology
DOI: 10.1348/014466605X79840


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