The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
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In a crowd—in a football stadium, on the subway, at school—is there an unseen connection between ourselves and those around us? In French theorist Gustave le Bon’s eye-opening work, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, the behaviors, decisions, and emotions of people in large groups are analyzed to startling effect. Le Bon theorized that in crowds, there is a link between people that forges a collective mind and a collective body, for better but often for worse. Le Bon’s work was stunning in its day, challenging long-held beliefs, especially in France, about freedom and individuality among people banded together for common purposes. A controversial work considered hugely influential in politics and psychology since its publication in 1896, The Crowd provides ample food for thought to any reader who has ever wondered about the ways in which people feel, think, and act when in groups.
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The following work is devoted to an account of the characteristics of crowds.
The whole of the common characteristics with which heredity endows the individuals of a race constitute the genius of the race. When, however, a certain number of these individuals are gathered together in a crowd for ...
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