Evil in a Social Context

Anette Foldager, Isabella Odorico Schultz, Olivia Stæhr, Mie Fogh Hansen, Jannick Franck & Elvin Misimovic

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project focuses on evil committed by ordinary people. The main data which has been used for our investigation is ‘The Lord of the Flies’ (book), The Stanford Prison Experiment (Book and Documentary) and Eichmann in Jerusalem (Book and Documentary). The theories used to examine those data are mainly: a classic literal analysis with a special focus on character dynamics and group formation, Situationist theories, Dehumanization, Deindividuation, the Banality of Evil and Ervin Staub’s theories of group formation. The last part of the project also includes a discussion of some of these theories and data used in our investigation. Our final conclusion is that there are different reasons behind why ordinary people commit evil. From the SPE we can conclude that the environment and clear given roles puts people in situation where they are more prone to be evil. Tools such as Dehumanization and Deindividuation make it easier to do certain things towards other people. From the ‘Eichmann’ point of view it is evident that certain thoughtlessness is to be there if you are suddenly to turn evil. You need to be able to push away your own beliefs, or rather, just accept whatever is represented to you. But this is not enough; as Lord of the Flies shows there needs to be a certain person or more to start the whole process and then furthermore lead the ones around him to turn to doing evil.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 jan. 2013
VejlederePatrick Rowan Blackburn


  • deindividuation
  • psychology
  • evil
  • bad apple x bad barrel
  • dehumanization
  • situationism