The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

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Gustave LeBon's The Crowd is not only a classic, but one of the best-selling scientific books in social psychology and collective behavior ever written. Here, LeBon analyzes the nature of crowds and their role in political movements. He presents crowd behavior as a problem of science and power, a natural phenomenon with practical implications. Originally published in 1895, LeBon's book was the first to expand the scope of inquiry beyond criminal crowds to include all possible kinds of collective phenomena. Its ...
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Overview

Gustave LeBon's The Crowd is not only a classic, but one of the best-selling scientific books in social psychology and collective behavior ever written. Here, LeBon analyzes the nature of crowds and their role in political movements. He presents crowd behavior as a problem of science and power, a natural phenomenon with practical implications. Originally published in 1895, LeBon's book was the first to expand the scope of inquiry beyond criminal crowds to include all possible kinds of collective phenomena. Its continuing significance is evident even in the Los Angeles riots of 1992 in which LeBon's theories were cited in testimony. LeBon emphasizes the various areas of modern life where crowd behavior holds sway, particularly political upheavals. He focuses on electoral campaigns, parliaments, juries, labor agitation, and street demonstrations. At the same time, his treatment of crowds is far from complimentary. In a new introduction to this edition, Robert A. Nye presents a broad analytical understanding of the relationship between power and knowledge in crowd theory. He also discusses the historical circumstances and the various personalities who have shaped our understanding of crowds. Nye emphasizes The Crowd's continuing usefulness to cultural historians, psychologists, sociologists, and political scientists. He also places LeBon in a rich tradition of European social theory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449918552
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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Gustave Le Bon (1841 -1931) was a French social psychologist, sociologist, and amateur physicist. He was the author of several works in which he expounded theories of national traits, racial superiority, herd behavior and crowd psychology. His work on crowd psychology became important during the first half of the twentieth century when it was used by media researchers such as Hadley Cantril and Herbert Blumer to describe the reactions of subordinate groups to media.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition 1
Author's Preface 27
Introduction: The Era of Crowds 33
Bk. I The Mind of Crowds
I General Characteristics of Crowds - Psychological Law of Their Mental Unity 43
II The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds 55
III The Ideas, Reasoning Power, and Imagination of Crowds 81
IV A Religious Shape Assumed by All the Convictions of Crowds 93
Bk. II The Opinions and Beliefs of Crowds
I Remote Factors of the Opinions and Beliefs of Crowds 101
II The Immediate Factors of the Opinions of Crowds 123
III The Leaders of Crowds and Their Means of Persuasion 139
IV Limitations of the Variability of the Beliefs and Opinions of Crowds 163
Bk. III The Classification and Description of the Different Kinds of Crowds
I The Classification of Crowds 177
II Crowds Termed Criminal Crowds 183
III Criminal Juries 189
IV Electoral Crowds 199
V Parliamentary Assemblies 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Interesting concepts...

    After reading the book, i must say that the thought and idea of the crowd, still holds true today. Very logical arguments and the content flows. I recommend this bok to anyone who follows politics and current events. The general thesis is viable still today.

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