Recent secondary analyses of audio recordings from Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments have highlighted the situated, flexible, and contingent nature of obedience in Milgram’s lab. This chapter extends this work by considering the embodied dimension of the struggle between experimenter, participants, and learner. Obedience in Milgram’s paradigm required specific physical actions, such as pressing levers, thus meaning that resistance was marked by the non-performance of embodied action. These actions could be topicalised by those present in the laboratory as part of the argument over the continuation of the experimental session. In exploring these arguments, this chapter considers whether the scope of discursive psychological analysis might be widened to accompany the well-established dictum that discourse-is-action with a renewed consideration of the idea that action-is-discourse.
|Title of host publication||Discursive psychology and embodiment: Beyond subject-object binaries.|
|Editors||Sally Wiggins, Karin Osvaldsson Cromdal|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in Discursive Psychology|