- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Transaction Publishers; 1 edition (31 Mar. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560007885
- ISBN-13: 978-1560007883
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,058,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Crowd Paperback – 31 Mar 1995
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"Insightful for its apprehension of the primitive nature of crowds..." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Gustave Le Bon (7 May 1841 – 13 December 1931) was a French social psychologist, sociologist, and amateur physicist. He was the author of several works in which he expounded theories of national traits, racial superiority, herd behavior and crowd psychology. His work on crowd psychology became important during the first half of the twentieth century when it was used by media researchers such as Hadley Cantril and Herbert Blumer to describe the reactions of subordinate groups to media. He also contributed to controversy about the nature of matter and energy. His book The Evolution of Matter was very popular in France (having twelve editions), and though some of its ideas—notably that all matter was inherently unstable and was constantly and slowly transforming into luminiferous ether—were used by some physicists of the time (including Henri Poincaré), his specific formulations were not given much consideration. In 1896 he reported observing a new kind of radiation, which he termed "black light" (not the same as what modern people call black light today), though it was later discovered not to exist. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I had just finished Patrick Buchanans book-Churchill, Hitler and the unnecessary war. That book posited the failure of politicians and foreign policy, but I see there were no errors as such. The reality is the absolute domination of crowd sentiment which drives events and actions of even the most resilient individual.
Crowds are characterized by their impulsiveness, irritability, incapability, incapacity to reason, the absence of judgment and of critical spirit, the exaggeration of sentiments and of extreme credulity. These are caused by the disappearance of the sense of responsibility, the contagious nature of feelings, thoughts and actions in crowds, and the complete loss of individual conscious personality as he is immersed in a crowd, similar to what results from being hypnotized.
Crowds are not only those anonymous gatherings on streets; they can be juries, parliamentary assemblies, castes (eg. military, clergy), classes, etc. Electoral crowds and parliamentary assemblies, in particular, have an extreme lack of foresight. Policies that go along with democratic ideals and sem beneficial for everybody in the short-term are most likely unsustainable in the long-term but the effects seem far off in the future and politicians don't want to lose their vote. Indeed, the general characteristics of crowds are to be met in parliamentary assemblies: intellectual simplicity, irritability, suggestibility, the exaggeration of sentiments and the preponderating influence of a few leaders
Crowds need a leader: one that is able to excite them, making general assertions, presented in striking terms, invoking images in their minds and selling them illusions: "Crowds never thirsted after truth.Read more ›
But oh dear! Pretty early on Le Bon speaks of "inferior evolutionay forms".........you've guessed it - women! Nevermind.
Just another one of those cheap little ebooks that will inform and possibly amuse anyone with an interest in psychology......and lovers of Monty Python perhaps.
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Gustave Le Bon wrote well before Hitler. As usual his warnings about the power of the crowd fell on deaf ears until it was too late. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roger
Arrived in a very timely manner, shame to find out it was rather a compilation of treatises rather than a book with overarching principle but will enjoy none the less!Published 18 months ago by Chinua Armah
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