mentioned perspectives mark key differences in the manner an individual interacts with other people and in this regard how people interact with each other in a prison setting that will be the highlighted in the substance of this prose in light of the evidences presented in the documentary “Black death in Dixie” and Phillip G. Zimbardo’s prison simulation experiment. “Black death in Dixie” gives insight into a completely different aspect of prisoners on death row highlighting the inequality that prevailing in the American prison facilities, which largely directed towards the racial minorities and poor segments of the population.
The racially discriminative make-up of the prison population and convictions on questionable grounds are some of the issues dealt in the documentary, which also discusses the psychological and emotional repercussions the prison environment has on its inmates. Though racism remains a pressing issue in the facilities, the emotional ordeal that the individual has to go through is more complex. To further understand the psychology and interaction pattern in prisons Zimbardo’s study used a sample of 24 male subjects with no history of misdemeanors were recruited in to a 24 week prison simulation program, divided into two groups that is of guards and prisoners.
The study examined their behavioral changes as a result of the harsh structure and rules of the program and the conclusions drawn from the experiment were confounding and shed light on to some intriguing aspects of the human psyche. The individuals in the mock prison were subjected to the standard routine checks that take place in real prison and were made to wear smocks with no undergarments and a cap made of female stockings. Whereas, guards enjoyed full freedom and liberty that had some astounding affect on their personalities as a result of the role they were playing in the mock prison.
The subjects exhibited some intense emotional turmoil and disturbances that was only