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The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
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The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind (La Psychologie des foules) - Softcover


Author: Gustave Le Bon
Translation: 
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: 9780486419565
Year: 2002
Language: 
Pages: 160
Weight: 220g


One of the most influential works of social psychology in history, The Crowd was highly instrumental in creating this field of study by analyzing, in detail, mass behavior. The book had a profound impact not only on Freud but also on such twentieth-century masters of crowd control as Hitler and Mussolini — both of whom may have used its observations as a guide to stirring up popular passions. In the author's words, "The masses have never thirsted after the truth. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim."


Although the volume focuses on crowd psychology, it is also brilliantly instructive on the effects of the generally accepted beliefs of a nation's citizenry on the processes of history. Among the topics covered here are general characteristics and mental unity of the crowd; the crowd's sentiments and morality; its ideas, reasoning power, and imagination; opinions and beliefs of crowds and the means used by leaders to persuade; classification of crowds, including criminal and electrical assemblages, as well as the functioning of criminal juries and parliamentary assemblies.


A must-read volume for students of history, sociology, law, and psychology, The Crowd will also be invaluable to politicians, statesmen, investors, and marketing managers. "Any study of crowd behavior, popular psychology, fascism, etc. would do well to begin with Le Bon's work." — Anson Rabinbach, Professor of History, Princeton University.


Reprint of La Psychologie des foules, 1896.

 

Publisher's Note: Some of the opinions presented in this book reflect attitudes  that were common among some writers on social  issues  during the final years of the  nineteenth century,  in Europe  and the United States , but no longer  are common.


Contents

Introduction: The Era of Crowds

Book I    The Mind of Crowds
    
Chapter I    General Characteristics of Crowds--Psychological Law of Their Mental Unity
Chapter II    The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds
Chapter III    The Ideas, Reasoning Power, and Imagination of Crowds
Chapter IV    A Religious Shape Assumed by All the Convictions of Crowds

Book II    The Opinions and Beliefs of Crowds    

Chapter I    Remote Factors of the Opinions and Beliefs of Crowds
Chapter II    The Immediate Factors of the Opinions of Crowds
Chapter III    The Leaders of Crowds and Their Means of Persuasion
Chapter IV    Limitations of the Variability of the Beliefs and Opinions of Crowds

Book III    The Classification and Description of the Different Kinds of Crowds    

Chapter I    The Classification of Crowds
Chapter II    Crowds Termed Criminal Crowds
Chapter III    Criminal Juries
Chapter IV    Electoral Crowds
Chapter V    Parliamentary Assemblies

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