Crowds and Power

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Macmillan, 1984 - Psychology - 495 pages

Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. Breathtaking in its range and erudition, it explores Shiite festivals and the English Civil war, the finger exercises of monkeys and the effects of inflation in Weimar Germany. In this study of the interplay of crowds, Canetti offers one of the most profound and startling portraits of the human condition.

 

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User Review  - 4bonasa - LibraryThing

A deductive study of the human psyche within all of us. The author leads the reader through the maze of human thought using detailed reports of the behavior of primitive cultures, well documented ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Interesting view of the behavior of crowds and leaders and how they interact and grow. Uses many anthropoligical examples, although some links are more tenuous than others. Extremely interesting. Read full review

Contents

The Fear of being Touched
15
Persecution
22
The Attributes of the Crowd
29
Slowness or the Remoteness of the Goal
39
Classification of Crowds according to Their Prevailing Emotion
48
Prohibition Crowds
55
Feast Crowds
62
Crowd Crystals
73
The Communion
113
The Transmutation of Packs
127
The Rain Dances of the Pueblo Indians
135
Islam as a Religion of War
141
Catholicism and the Crowd
154
The English The Dutch The Germans
169
Germany and Versailles
179
The Nature of the Parliamentary System
188

Kinds of Pack 93 The Pack Kinds of Pack
97
The Lamenting Pack
103

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Elias Canetti (1905-94) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. His writings include a novel, Auto-da-Fe, and three volumes of memoirs, The Tongue Set free, The Torch in My Ear, and The Play of the Eyes.

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