Authority Relationship From a Societal Perspective: Social Representations of Obedience and Disobedience in Austrian Young Adults

Maura Pozzi, Francesco Fattori, Sara Alfieri, Simone Curly, Amrei C. Jörchel, Dominik Mihalits

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Abstract

Obedience and disobedience have always been salient issues for both civil society and social psychologists. Since Milgram’s first studies on destructive obedience there has not been a bottom-up definition of what obedience and disobedience mean. The current study aimed at investigating the social representations young adults use to define and to co-construct knowledge about obedience and disobedience in Austria. One hundred fifty four (106 females, 68.8%) Austrian young adults (Mean age = 22.9; SD = 3.5) completed a mixed-method questionnaire comprising open-ended questions and free word associations. Overall obedience and disobedience are respectively defined as conformity and non-conformity to regulations, ranging from implicit social norms to explicit formal laws. Authority is multi-faceted and has a central role in orienting obedience and disobedience. Further fundamental determinants of the authority relationship and relevant application of the results are discussed in this paper.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)197-213
Numero di pagine17
RivistaEurope's Journal of Psychology
Volume11
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015

Keywords

  • disobedience
  • obedience
  • social representation
  • young adults

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