Crowds and Power

Author: Elias Canetti
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 1842120549
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Collective behavior

How do crowds work? What is the nature of their unique creation - the demagogue? This is the renowned and original analysis of one of the 20th century's most threatening and influential phenomena by the Nobel Prize-winning thinker Elias Canetti.

Crowds and Power

Author: Elias Canetti
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374518203
Release Date: 1962
Genre: Psychology

Examines the psychology and various types of crowds, and their relationship with power, leadership, and political domination

Crowds Power and Transformation in Cinema

Author: Lesley Brill
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814332757
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Performing Arts

A noted critic brings crowd theory to Film Studies, offering a bold new analysis of the pervasive cinematic themes of transformation and power.

Rock Crowds and Power

Author: Regina Anne Arnold
ISBN: OCLC:745581692
Release Date: 2011

This dissertation examines the interplay between rock crowds and power at American rock festivals from 1965 to the present. It focuses primarily on rock festivals that are held on repurposed land, that draw over 40,000, and that are literally or nominally free of charge. This project questions the utopian rhetoric that underpins these festivals and unpacks the disjunctive logic that causes audiences to take part in celebrations. Building on the assumption that these types of rock festivals are a postwar phenomenon born of advances in amplification technology and shaped by countercultural aims, it argues that the enormous longevity of this form of entertainment rests on three powerful appeals: sex, drugs, and nature, all three of which touch on American notions of liberty and freedom. But while these three ideas -- sexual liberty ("free love"), liberal drug use ("legalize pot!") and participating in nature as a regenerative idyll -- appeal to white male audiences, they serve to alienate audiences of color. This is doubly unfortunate, because the artistic content of most rock festivals rests on black pop idioms and the display of black bodies. Far from being the utopian and communal spaces of spiritual regeneration that they claim for themselves, I find that they serve mostly to display the free market to consumers in its very best light. At the same time, they may have helped link computer technology to rock music by, among other things, physically illustrating what I call "the digital diaspora, " that is, the new global routes for culture being carved out by the digitization of music.

Crowds and Party

Author: Jodi Dean
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781781686720
Release Date: 2016-02-23
Genre: Political Science

How do mass protests become an organized activist collective? Crowds and Party channels the energies of the riotous crowds who took to the streets in the past five years into an argument for the political party. Rejecting the emphasis on individuals and multitudes, Jodi Dean argues that we need to rethink the collective subject of politics. When crowds appear in spaces unauthorized by capital and the state—such as in the Occupy movement in New York, London and across the world—they create a gap of possibility. But too many on the Left remain stuck in this beautiful moment of promise—they argue for more of the same, further fragmenting issues and identities, rehearsing the last thirty years of left-wing defeat. In Crowds and Party, Dean argues that previous discussions of the party have missed its affective dimensions, the way it operates as a knot of unconscious processes and binds people together. Dean shows how we can see the party as an organization that can reinvigorate political practice. From the Hardcover edition.

Elias Canetti s Counter image of Society

Author: Jóhann Páll Árnason
Publisher: Camden House
ISBN: 1571131604
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Music

In analyses of Auto da Fe, Crowds and Power, and the aphorisms, the authors elucidate key aspects of Canetti's interrogation of human existence and human history across five thematic complexes: individual and social psychology, totalitarian politics, religion and politics, theories of society, and power and culture. They thus trace the movement of Canetti's thought from an apocalyptic sense of crisis to his search for cultural resources to set against the holocaust of European civilization."--BOOK JACKET.

Crowds and Politics in North Africa

Author: Andrea Khalil
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317810322
Release Date: 2014-03-26
Genre: Political Science

"A topical study of crowd dynamics and the relationships of crowds to political power in Tunisia, Libya and Algeria, this book takes predominant crowd theory to task questioning received ideas about 'mob psychology' that remain prevalent today. One central theme of the book is gender, providing an in-depth look at women's participation in the recent uprisings and the subsequent gender-related aspects of political transitions. The social and political dynamics of tribalism and other forms of group belonging are raised in the book, including analysis and discussions with Libyan regional tribal chiefs, Libyan and Tunisian tribal members and citizens regarding their notions of tribal belonging. Crowd language is also central to the book's discussion of how crowds represent themselves, how we as observers represent crowds, and how crowds confront languages of authoritarianism and subjugation. Crowds and Politics in North Africa includes dozens of interviews with crowd participants and key civil society actors from Tunisia, Libya and Algeria. Among these, there are numerous interviews with Benghazi residents, activists and tribal leaders as one of the original case studies in the book is the crowds during and after the attack on the US consular installation in Benghazi Libya. A valuable resource, this book will be of use to students and scholars with an interest in the Middle East and Politics more broadly"--

Networks Crowds and Markets

Author: David Easley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139490303
Release Date: 2010-07-19
Genre: Computers

Are all film stars linked to Kevin Bacon? Why do the stock markets rise and fall sharply on the strength of a vague rumour? How does gossip spread so quickly? Are we all related through six degrees of separation? There is a growing awareness of the complex networks that pervade modern society. We see them in the rapid growth of the Internet, the ease of global communication, the swift spread of news and information, and in the way epidemics and financial crises develop with startling speed and intensity. This introductory book on the new science of networks takes an interdisciplinary approach, using economics, sociology, computing, information science and applied mathematics to address fundamental questions about the links that connect us, and the ways that our decisions can have consequences for others.

The Wisdom of Crowds

Author: James Surowiecki
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307275059
Release Date: 2005-08-16
Genre: Business & Economics

In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.

The Crowd and the Mob Routledge Revivals

Author: J. S. McClelland
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136857140
Release Date: 2010-10-04
Genre: History

First published in 1989, this persuasive and original work by John McClelland examines the importance of the idea of 'the crowd' in the writings of philosophers, historians and politicians from the classical era to the twentieth century. The book examines histories of political thought and their justifications for forms of rule, highlighting the persistent and profoundly anti-democratic bias in political and social thought, analysing in particular the writings of Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Hitler, Gibbon, Carlysle, Michelet, Taine and Freud.

Crowds and History

Author: Mark Harrison
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521520134
Release Date: 2002-06-20
Genre: History

A fresh look at the crowd in relation to the urbanising process and the civic culture it inspired.

Crowds and Democracy

Author: Stefan Jonsson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231535793
Release Date: 2013-10-08
Genre: Philosophy

Between 1913 and 1933, the masses became a decisive preoccupation of European culture, fueling modernist movements in art, literature, architecture, theater, and cinema, as well as the rise of communism, fascism, and experiments in radical democracy. Spanning aesthetics, cultural studies, intellectual history, and political theory, this volume unpacks the significance of the shadow agent known as "the mass" during a critical period in European history. It follows its evolution into the preferred conceptual tool for social scientists, the ideal slogan for politicians, and the chosen image for artists and writers trying to capture a society in flux and a people in upheaval. This volume is the second installment in Stefan Jonsson's epic study of the crowd and the mass in modern Europe, building on his work in A Brief History of the Masses, which focused on monumental artworks produced in 1789, 1889, and 1989.


Author: Jeff Howe
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781905211159
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Business planning

Jeff Howe coined the word 'Crowdsourcing' in a 2006 article for Wired magazine to describe the way in which the Internet has broken down traditional employer/employee relationships to create vibrant new enterprises that are 'staffed' by informal, often large gatherings of enthusiasts. A few weeks before the article hit the newsstands, a Google search for the word 'Crowdsourcing' returned zero results. One month after the article appeared, the same search returned nearly 500,000 hits. These days anyone and everyone can write book reviews on Amazon, post videos on Youtube, come up with new uses for Google maps or design T-shirts for Threadless. What makes this phenomenon so remarkable is that it is starting to transform the way many companies operate and to change their relationship with their customers: has revolutionised the world of digital photography; Cambrian House is having a profound impact on the way films get made; Second Life has created a vast, profitable business with only a few formal employees but thousands of dedicated contributors. Moreover this revolution is rapidly changing our culture, introducing a consumer democracy that has never existed before. Jeff Howe has now followed up his initial, ground-breaking article with months of research, and the result is a book that will define the next stage of the Internet revolution.