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Tyranny: A tyranny is a form of government in which a ruler holds absolute power and exercises it in an oppressive and cruel manner. In a tyranny, the ruler's power is not constrained by law or other institutions. See also Dictatorship, State.
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Stephen Reicher on Tyranny - Dictionary of Arguments

Haslam I 142
Tyranny/Haslam/Reicher: Thesis: (…) tyranny arises neither from disposition nor situation alone, nor even from a mechanical interaction between these elements. Instead it arises from a dynamic interactionism in which individuals who are inclined towards tyranny (in part as a result of prior group experience) come to exert influence over others (and therefore over events) only when they come to represent a shared social identity and are able to exercise leadership on that basis (Haslam and Reicher, 2007(1), 2012b)(2).
>BBC Prison Experiment
, >Stanford Prison Experiment.

1. Haslam, S.A. and Reicher, S.D. (2007) ‘Beyond the banality of evil:Three dynamics of an interactionist social psychology of tyranny’, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33: 615–22.
2. Haslam, S.A. and Reicher, S.D. (2012b) ‘Contesting the “nature” of conformity: What Milgram and Zimbardo’s studies really show’, PLoS Biology, 10(11): e1001426.

S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen Reicher, „Tyranny. Revisiting Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment“, in: Joanne R. Smith and S. Alexander Haslam (eds.) 2017. Social Psychology. Revisiting the Class studies. London: Sage Publications

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Reicher, Stephen
Haslam I
S. Alexander Haslam
Joanne R. Smith
Social Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies London 2017

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