The experiment itself saw previously mentioned teacher, Ron Jones, demonstrate how today’s democratic societies are not as impoverish to fascism as originally perceived. With the introduction of strict disciplines, “The Wave” became somewhat prestigious and members soon had their own uniform, insignia, salute and banners. In only nine days, the movement grew from a small history class too a mass of two hundred followers, and school democracy was successfully eliminated. Like with any successful conformity experiment, the process did not happen straight away, and it was the cour...
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...s that only shared concerns relative to those people. Once the movement took control, each group regardless of what they had done before fit within the realms of The Wave. Considering this it is clear to see the dynamics of conformity within a school environment and how this applies to the world, and back to Jones’ preliminary point on a fascist Germany.
The Wave should be left as a cautionary tale, and an obvious demonstration behind the power of socialisation. At it’s peak with more than two hundred members, it was an escape for the usual outcasts, and let many people develop a new identity. Through conformity and deviance, the experiment defined the workings of Sociology and emphasised conformity in terms of the greater good. It’s correlation within the lives of many today is evidently strong, especially in terms of peer group pressure in a school community.
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