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Introduction
One of the most popular sociological experiments that raised debates and multiple
questions in the field of sociology is the Stanford Prison Experiment. The film is a
docudrama thriller film created in 2016 by Kyle Alvarez (Alvarez, 2015). It revolves around
Philip Zimbardo’s 1971 Stanford prison experiment was carried out at Stanford University. In
the experiment, students played the roles of prisoners and guards. Zimbardo was investigating
the hypothesis of how roles rather than personality traits were the major indicators of
individuals’ behavior. Approximately 24 male students were selected to take different roles in
the experiment in a 14-day prison simulation. Participants who took the roles of guards became
abusive in the long run while two students who took the roles of prisoners suffered psychological
problems. After only six days, Zimbardo abruptly stopped the experiment. The film received a
positive response from critics upon its release in 2015. The Stanford Prison Experiment film
portrays several themes covered throughout the course including the sociological perspective,
ethics of sociological research methods, and the power of social institutions.
Themes that Emerge from the Film
Sociological Perspective
The Stanford Prison Experiment brings out different sociological perspectives about
society. Even though the experiment was conducted to examine the psychological effects of
prisons, it significantly portrays how people’s behaviors can change as a result of the roles they
take in society (McIntyre, 2014). People play different roles in society including being friends,
sisters, mothers, fathers, wives, students, and coworkers. They diligently work to balance their
responsibilities which may lead to dysfunctions in their lives if they are not attained. People need

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1 6-4: Sociology Presentation Name Institution Course Instructor Date 2 6-4: Sociology Presentation Introduction One of the most popular sociological experiments that raised debates and multiple questions in the field of sociology is the Stanford Prison Experiment. The film is a docudrama thriller film created in 2016 by Kyle Alvarez (Alvarez, 2015). It revolves around Philip Zimbardo’s 1971 Stanford prison experiment was carried out at Stanford University. In the experiment, students played the roles of prisoners and guards. Zimbardo was investigating the hypothesis of how roles rather than personality traits were the major indicators of individuals’ behavior. Approximately 24 male students were selected to take different roles in the experiment in a 14-day prison simulation. Participants who took the roles of guards became abusive in the long run while two students who took the roles of prisoners suffered psychological problems. After only six days, Zimbardo abruptly stopped the experiment. The film received a positive response from critics upon its release in 2015. The Stanford Prison Experiment film portrays several themes covered throughout the course including the sociological perspective, ethics of sociological research methods, and the power of social institutions. Themes that Emerge from the Film Sociological Perspective The Stanford Prison Experiment brings out different sociological perspectives about society. Even though the experiment was conducted to exa ...
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