Against obedience: Hannah Arendt’s overlooked challenge to social-psychological explanations of mass atrocity.

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  • Author(s): Lang, Johannes
  • Source:
    Theory & Psychology. Oct2014, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p649-667. 19p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Hannah Arendt
      mass atrocity
      obedience to authority
      social psychology
      Stanley Milgram
    • Abstract:
      This article explores the theoretical underpinnings and implications of a situationist social psychology of mass atrocity through a re-examination of Hannah Arendt’s work. The perception of a convergence between the views of Arendt, Stanley Milgram, and certain Holocaust historians inspired the situationist argument that ordinary people become mass murderers because they find themselves in circumstances that subvert their ability to make or act upon individual moral judgments. This explanation originated in a selective reading of Arendt that distorted her account. In fact, Arendt’s writings serve to question the situationists’ claim to explain historical instances of collective violence. The article uses Arendt’s thought to develop both an ontological and a normative critique of situationism, suggesting an alternative meta-theoretical foundation for a social psychology of mass atrocity. At stake is the concept of personal responsibility for mass killing, as well as social psychology’s ability to say something meaningful about collective violence. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Full Text Word Count:
      9436
    • ISSN:
      0959-3543
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0959354314542368
    • Accession Number:
      98848284
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LANG, J. Against obedience: Hannah Arendt’s overlooked challenge to social-psychological explanations of mass atrocity. Theory & Psychology, [s. l.], v. 24, n. 5, p. 649–667, 2014. DOI 10.1177/0959354314542368. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=98848284. Acesso em: 4 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Lang J. Against obedience: Hannah Arendt’s overlooked challenge to social-psychological explanations of mass atrocity. Theory & Psychology. 2014;24(5):649-667. doi:10.1177/0959354314542368
    • APA:
      Lang, J. (2014). Against obedience: Hannah Arendt’s overlooked challenge to social-psychological explanations of mass atrocity. Theory & Psychology, 24(5), 649–667. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354314542368
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Lang, Johannes. 2014. “Against Obedience: Hannah Arendt’s Overlooked Challenge to Social-Psychological Explanations of Mass Atrocity.” Theory & Psychology 24 (5): 649–67. doi:10.1177/0959354314542368.
    • Harvard:
      Lang, J. (2014) ‘Against obedience: Hannah Arendt’s overlooked challenge to social-psychological explanations of mass atrocity’, Theory & Psychology, 24(5), pp. 649–667. doi: 10.1177/0959354314542368.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Lang, J 2014, ‘Against obedience: Hannah Arendt’s overlooked challenge to social-psychological explanations of mass atrocity’, Theory & Psychology, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 649–667, viewed 4 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Lang, Johannes. “Against Obedience: Hannah Arendt’s Overlooked Challenge to Social-Psychological Explanations of Mass Atrocity.” Theory & Psychology, vol. 24, no. 5, Oct. 2014, pp. 649–667. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0959354314542368.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Lang, Johannes. “Against Obedience: Hannah Arendt’s Overlooked Challenge to Social-Psychological Explanations of Mass Atrocity.” Theory & Psychology 24, no. 5 (October 2014): 649–67. doi:10.1177/0959354314542368.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Lang J. Against obedience: Hannah Arendt’s overlooked challenge to social-psychological explanations of mass atrocity. Theory & Psychology [Internet]. 2014 Oct [cited 2020 Dec 4];24(5):649–67. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=98848284