Miscellaneous Materials

Prison/Obedience Milgram/Zimbardo

NPR 2004 Prison Psychology and the Stanford Prison Experiment
ROMESH RATNESAR 2011 The Menace Within Stanford Magazine
Meredith Alexander Thirty Years Later, Stanford Prison Experiment Lives On Stanford Report, August 22, 2001 at [http://www.prisonexp.org/]

On the Web or In the Literature

Techniques of Neutralization


Interview with Elijah Anderson Elijah Anderson talks about his new book, Code of the Street, and the importance of looking honestly at life in the inner city August 18, 1999.

ELIJAH ANDERSON. 1994. "The Code of the Streets In this essay in urban anthropology a social scientist takes us inside a world most of us only glimpse in grisly headlines—"Teen Killed in Drive By Shooting"—to show us how a desperate search for respect governs social relations among many African-American young men

Joel Best and David F. Luckenbill. 1980. "The Social Organization of Deviants." Social Problems Vol. 28, No. 1 (Oct., 1980), pp. 14-31. (Comments from Clarke & Kelley Intro) (Outline of Book)

Infants prefer a nasty moose if it punishes an unhelpful elephant
Hamlin, Wynn, Bloom & Mahajan. 2011. How infants and toddlers react to antisocial others. PNAS http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1110306108
Hamlin,J. Kiley, Karen Wynn & Paul Bloom Social evaluation by preverbal infants Nature 450, 557-559 (22 November 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06288 SEE ALSO HARPERS FEB 2012?

Radio Lab On Lying
Radiolab On Morality Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? This hour of Radiolab, we peer inside the brains of people contemplating moral dilemmas.

TTBOOK Mirror Neurons for bio unit? (9:48)
TTBOOK William Staples on "The Culture of Surveillance" (9:27)
TTBOOK Steven Pinker on "The Better Angels of Our Nature" (10:29)
TTBOOK William Ury on Reconciliation (9:21)

FOR prison guard section
TBOOK Ted Conover on a Year as a Prison Guard (11:43)

KALW's "Philosophy Talk" radio show had an episode called "Conflict and Cooperation."  Here's the description:

The Prisoner’s Dilemma is a problem studied in game theory that shows how two people might not cooperate even if it is in both their best interests to do so.  It highlights the inherent tension between individual interests and a larger society.  Should you pick up your trash at the lunch table?  Should you push in your chair after getting up?  Should you take performance-enhancing drugs?  Should you preserve the earth for the next generation?  John and Ken find their mutual interests in a discussion of cooperation and conflict with Cristina Bicchieri from the University of Pennsylvania, author of The Grammar of Society: The Nature and Dynamics of Social Norms.

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Interesting Syllabi

SOCY 507 - SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL CONTROL Spring 2012 Professor Mathieu Deflem University of South Carolina

Infinite Stupidity Blog: A Talk With Mark Pagel (12.15.11)

We're being domesticated by them, because fewer and fewer and fewer of us have to be innovators to get by. And so, in the cold calculus of evolution by natural selection, at no greater time in history than ever before, copiers are probably doing better than innovators. Because innovation is extraordinarily hard. My worry is that we could be moving in that direction, towards becoming more and more sort of docile copiers.