Studying Obedience to Authority: Different Genders Facing Prestige and Dominance Authorities
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- obedience; gender differences; prestige; dominance
It is commonly known that the Milgram’s obedience experiment has been challenged on ethical grounds because of the potential psychological distress they might cause participants. Therefore, we are wondering how we can study obedience in an ethical fashion that minimizes distress and we make this investigation. Besides replacing the method to reduce psychological distress, we are also curious about whether people will show different levels of obedience when facing different kinds of authorities. Whether there will be significant results in gender differences of obedience is also one of our emphasis. To conclude, this paper investigates the differences in obedience between the male and females in the presence of different authorities, prestige and dominance. Because of limited resources, we did not really execute our designed experiment and we made assumptions according to some existing articles, which means we reasonably inferred our results. Our analysis indicates that there are literally gender differences in the obedience to different authorities. Horizontally, we summarize that women will obey dominance more than prestige and men will obey prestige more than dominance. Longitudinally, we conclude that women obey dominance more than men and men obey prestige more than women. We hope that our study can add more information on gender differences in obedience and increase people’s awareness of the impact of the types of authority in experiments.
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TY - CONF AU - Sifan Yun PY - 2023 DA - 2023/07/11 TI - Studying Obedience to Authority: Different Genders Facing Prestige and Dominance Authorities BT - Proceedings of the 2023 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities and Arts (SSHA 2023) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 766 EP - 771 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-38476-062-6_99 DO - 10.2991/978-2-38476-062-6_99 ID - Yun2023 ER -