Sociology 120: Stanford Prison Experiment

Posted: November 30, 2017

You are going to write a paper of at least 400 words. Please use proper citation, works cited page, and title page. 

« Moving beyond physical prisons built of steel and concrete, what psychological prisons do we create for ourselves and others? If prisons are seen as forms of control which limit individual freedom, how do they differ from the prisons we create through racism, sexism, ageism, poverty, and other social institutions?  »

Please discuss how STATUS and ROLE play a part in these ´hidden’ prisons that are within our society. In the prison experiment everyone was a volunteer and knew the experiment was fake. Is our society being ‘duped’? Is our society basing a lot of its values on things/ideas that are ´fake’ as well?


Please take your time and think about the questions above. Try to refer to the terminology discussed in class. This is your opinion.

Value: 50

Mechanics:10, Content: 10, Procédure: 10, Your Opinion (consideration of the questions above) 20

Due: Dec. 6th