Crowds And Power

Crowds And Power

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Drawing on his experiences in Vienna in the 1930s and a range of material from anthropology, biology and the culture of many ages and every continent, Canetti offers insights into the psychology of the crowd, the variety of religious experience, the paranoia of rulers and the pathology of power.
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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • German
  • 0140184309
  • 9780140184303

Table of contents

Part 1 The crowd: the fear of being touched; the open and closed crowd; the discharge; destructiveness; the eruption; persecution; domestication of crowds in the world religions; panic; the crowd as a ring; the attributes of the crowd; rhythm; stagnation; slowness, or the remoteness of the goal; invisible crowds; classification of crowds according to their prevailing emotion; baiting crowds; flight crowds; prohibition crowds; reversal crowds; feast crowds; the double crowd - men and women, the living and the dead; the double crowd - war; crowd crystals; crowd symbols - fire, the sea, rain, rivers, forest, corn, wind, sand, the heap, stone heaps, treasure. Part 2 The pack: the pack - kinds of pack; hunting pack; the war pack; the lamenting pack; the increase pack; the communion; inward and tranquil packs; the pack's determination, the historical premanence of packs; packs in the ancestor legends of the Aranda; temporary formation among the Aranda. Part 3 The pack and religion: the transmutation of packs; hunting and the forest among the Lele of Kasai; the war booty and the Jivaros; the rain dances of the Pueblo Indians; on the dynamics of war, the first death, the triumph; Islam as a religion of war; the religions of lament; the Muharram festival of the Shiites; Catholicism and the crowd; the Holy Fire in Jerusalem. Part 4 The crowd in history: national crowd symbols - the English, the Dutch, the Germans, the French, the Swiss, the Spaniards, the Italians, the Jews; Germany and Versailles; inflation and the crowd; the nature of the parliamentary system; distribution and increase, socialism and production; the self-destruction of the Xosas. Part 5 The entrails of power: seizing and incorporation; the hand - the patience of the hand, the finger exercises of monkeys, the hands and the birth of objects, destructiveness in monkeys and men, the killers are always the powerful; on the psychology of eating. Part 6 The survivor: the survivor; survival and invulnerability; survival as a passion; the rules as survivor; the escape of Josephus; the despot's hostility to survivors, rulers and their successors; forms of survival; the survivor in primitive belief; the resentment of the dead; epidemics; cemetries; immortality. Part 7 Elements of power. Part content.
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