Do the right thing! A study on social representation of obedience and disobedience

Maura Pozzi, Francesco Fattori, Sara Alfieri, Piero Bocchiaro

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Abstract

The present research is aimed at investigating through a mixed-method approach the dimensions underlying the psychosocial constructs of obedience, disobedience and the relations between them. To this end, we consider the attitudes toward (dis)obedience being socially constructed, and we chose the theory of social representations (Abric, 2003; Moscovici, 1961) as the theoretical framework of this study. The data, collected on a sample of 190 individuals, allowed us to define these social objects, reducing both their complexity and polysemy. Obedience and disobedience were both seen by research participants as contextdependent behaviours, neither positive nor negative, per se. Also, both related to the concept of authority (individuals, institutions, and society). However, while obedience was mostly considered an uncritical response to laws, social norms or physical authorities, disobedience was defined as an active, conscious line of conduct. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)18-27
Numero di pagine10
RivistaNew Ideas in Psychology
Volume35
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014

Keywords

  • Disobedience
  • Obedience

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