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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (15 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804754802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804754804
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,519,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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" Combined, the book and web site offer unparalleled breadth and depth of research on crowds that will be likely to remain the gold standard on this topic for some time to come. . . . In its size, exuberant diversity, electronic research capabilities, and focus on a common topic, "Crowds" presents an exciting demonstration of what can be accomplished in collaborative humanities research." -- N. Katherine Hayles, Afterword to "Crowds"

"This work is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary st of analyses of crowds of most every variety: political crowds, sports crowds, captive crowds, masses, packs and mobs, etc... [This] fascinating work should appeal to a wide audience.""CHOICE""

"Combined, the book and web site offer unparalleled breadth and depth of research on crowds that will be likely to remain the gold standard on this topic for some time to come. . . . In its size, exuberant diversity, electronic research capabilities, and focus on a common topic, "Crowds" presents an exciting demonstration of what can be accomplished in collaborative humanities research."N. Katherine Hayles, Afterword to "Crowds""

""Crowds" asserts itself as a highly successful project and collaborative book that sets a high standard for all "hybrid" and cooperative forms of scholarship in the future, one which provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art examination of its subject." "Modernism/Modernity""

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Crowds explores the key role assumed by human multitudes in modern life by means of a graphically innovative, multi-author volume in which essays, word histories, and personal testimonies are woven together into a multiperspectival and multilayered group portrait. The portrait in question includes analyses of market crowds, crowds in modern art and literature, modern assemblies as compared to their premodern and ancient counterparts, modern sports crowds, human multitudes and mass media such as photography and cinema, crowds as political actors, and the emergence of crowd-centered discourses in social sciences such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Contributors include Stefan Jonsson, Allen Guttmann, Susanna Elm, John Plotz, Christine Poggi, William Egginton, Haun Saussy, Joan Ramon Resina, and Charles Tilly, with testimonies by authors such as Greil Marcus, Richard Rorty, Michel Serres, Alain Schnapp, Michael Hardt, T. J. Clark, and Susan Buck-Morss. The book represents the main output of one of the Stanford Humanities Lab s prototype Big Humanities projects and is supported by an extensive website (http: //crowds.stanford.edu) which includes virtual galleries, video capture of the November 2005 Crowds seminar, and a database of early social science readings on modern crowds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The state of the art 11 Nov. 2009
By Casa Do Estoril Lda - Published on Amazon.com
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Crowds have been a subject of discussion since Plato and Aristote. The issues related to crowds are so vast as to include philosophy, politics, sociology, psichology, social psichology,governance, history, literature and art. This book is not just another study around Le Bon, Tarde, Freud and Canetti, but a real multidisciplinary project of international impact. The authors understood that crowds do not fit in just a printed letter book, so they worked also on the visual side of the project and the "multivoiced" character of crowds. This resulted in a reader with up to date studies on crowd, some of them with a real insight and originality; an album with a strong visual impact; a presence throughout the book, in lateral texts, of vignettes on the words used in different languages to signify crowds and also personnal accounts of what is to be in the middle of the crowd. It says a lot about the multilayered structure of this book that is it part of a Stanford Universty project that included an excellent internet site and an exhibition of "crowded" political posters. I do recomend this book to all students interested in crowds and all those who would like to verify how to do an excellent approach to a social history of visual documents.
Eduardo Cintra Torres, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal, ect@netcabo.pt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating and Engaging Study 20 Feb. 2008
By P. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great, witty and well-written book studying human behavior from a literary reference point. Abounding in observation and psychological detail, it makes and explores many profound ideas on how humans are affected by crowds as well as popular accounts thereof. Hugely entertaining as well, one of my favorite excerpts is about shopping crowds and how they can simulate shark feeding frenzy. Anyone interested in reading about the range of human behavior in crowd contexts, including possible underlying mass psychosis, should also note the hypnotic qualities of crowd behavior annotated and described in this terrific book.
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