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The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif's Robbers Cave Experiment

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The fascinating true story of one of the most controversial psychological experiments of the modern era — a real-life Lord of the Flies.

Competition. Prejudice. Discrimination. Conflict.

In 1954, a group of boys attended a remote summer camp where they were split into two groups, and encouraged to bully, harass, and demonise each other. The results would make history as one
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 12th 2018 by Scribe UK
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May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I must say how very well written this story is. I liked this story of how social psychology's studies the Robbers Cave experiment. Social psychologists Muzafer Sherif disguised himself as the camp care taker taking down notes on eleven year old boys being brutal to each other. A group of boys attend a remote summer camp, they were split into two groups and made to bully any harass each other. During a fight a boy named Red produced a knife with them having to be pulled apart.
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A fascinating and finely written study of one of the best-known social experiments of the twentieth century. Through archive research and interviews with participants, Gina Perry uses her investigative flair to reconstruct the context, characters, and stakes of this strange piece of history.
Darian Leader, Author of What Is Madness?

When the first punch is thrown in the opening chapter, you know you’re in for a wild ride. In The Lost Boys, academic sleuth Gina Perry investigates the back story of
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intriguing and highly critical look at Muzafer Sherif's experiments into social cohesion. It's well researched, and engagingly written. Where it fell down for me was that Sherif's experiments weren't actually that engaging, due to being pretty crap. The second half of the book, which follows Sherif's life, is the section which has stayed with me.
Perry has provided a strong debunking of the Sherif myth that he showed something significant. She deconstructs how he created a scripted sce
Tonstant Weader
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
After World War II there was tremendous urgency around finding explanations for what happened in Germany. How could a modern society lose itself in hate and violence, committing genocide on a scale and efficiency unimagined before? One of those who attempted to answer that question was Muzafer Sherif. To do so, he endeavored to explore how a group forms cohesion and comes to oppose and even hate another group and discover if they could be brought back together. It all sounds so noble until you r ...more
Helen Corton
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a well researched account and discussion of some experiments undertaken in the early 1950s in America by a social psychologist called Muzafer Sherif.
The first part looks at an initial experiment, where 24 boys previously unknown to each other were brought together for a summer camp type experience. The group bonded, then separated and came back together again, so the researchers could look at conflict and peace keeping as well as the social relations within groups, herd mentality a
Florent Diverchy
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very complete research about Muzafer Sherif famous experiment.
The book is made up three parts:
- The search for info about the experiments
- The first failed experiment
- The Robbers Cave experiment self
- An investigation into the youth and later years of Muzafer Sherif life.

Part 1 is an interesting introduction.
Part 2 and 3 are really interesting and are the core of the book.
Really interesting to see how the experiments were designed, executed, and certainly (unconsciously?) biased.
Part 4 got me
Cathy Maguire
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Found Perry's previous book on the Milgrim experiment so engaging when I picked it up to look at in a bookshop I hardly noticed I'd read 20pages of it before I remembered where I was.
Found this book more difficult to begin but once the story of the different experiments began I was once again enthralled. However when looking into the background of the psychologist my interest waned for several chapters until close to the end when examining his psyche around the time of his research.
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Andrew Mcneill
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gina Perry once again offers an engrossing insight into one of the most famous social psychology experiments of all time. Outlining the boys' camp studies, the experience of the boys, and the life of Muzafer Sherif, she situates the experiments in the context of Sherif's life where they take on new significance.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting look at the psychosocial experimentation undertaken on young American boys in the early 1950s by Muzafer Sherif and a group of his graduate students. Gina Perry has produced an extremely well researched and thoroughly readable book.
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