Crowds and Power

Front Cover
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.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

The best book - I read it in French Masse et puissance and it was reviewed by my Professor Alain Cotta in 2000.
You can apply it to any industry and sector of our days.
Thank you again.

Review: Crowds and Power

User Review  - Michael Murray - Goodreads

A thoroughly good, a thorough, and good examination of the phenomena of the crowd, in history. By recent events and research, though, it does seem rather out-of-date, superceded. 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 Despots Hostility to Survivors Rulers and Their Successors
242
The Survivor in Primitive Belief
251
The Resentment of the Dead
262
Epidemics
272
Force and Power
281
Question and Answer
284
Secrecy
290
Judgement and Condemnation
296

Kinds of Pack
93
The War Pack 09
99
The Increase Pack
107
The Communion
113
Temporary Formations among the Aranda
121
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
Distribution and Increase Socialism and Production
190
Seizing and Incorporation
203
The Patience of the Hand The Finger Exercise
211
On the Psychology of Eating
219
The Survivor
227
The Escape of Josephus
234
The Command Flight and Sting
303
Commands addressed to More than One Individual
309
Discipline and the Sting of Command
315
Negativism in Schizophrenia
321
The Dissolution of the Sting
327
Presentiment and Transformation among the Bushmen
337
SelfIncrease and SelfConsumption The Double Figure of
348
Crowds and Transformation in Delirium Tremens
358
Imitation and Simulation
369
The Power of Unmasking
377
Slavery
384
The Orchestral Conductor
394
The Rising Throne of the Emperor of Byzantium
400
African Kings
411
Muhammad Tughlak
424
I
434
The End of the Survivor
465
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (1984)

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.

Bibliographic information