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The Age of the Crowd : A Historical Treatise on Mass Psychology - Serge Moscovici

The Age of the Crowd

A Historical Treatise on Mass Psychology

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Published: 4th November 1985
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The Age of the Crowd is at one level a historical account of the development of mass psychology, and at another an analysis of its implications for present-day political and social life. It was the prophecy of Gustave Le Bon in 1895 that the twentieth century would be 'l' âge des foules' that gave Serge Moscovici the title for his book, and it presents a systematic exposition of Le Bon's ideas and those of another seminal figure, Gabriel Tarde, demonstrating convincingly their influence on the theories of collective psychology advanced by Sigmund Freud. These theories - today either neglected or simply accepted as received wisdom - are re-examined by Professor Moscovici in a fascinating commentary on modern political life: Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky all in some way applied them in their leadership styles with consequences that are all too familiar. The scenario painted by this volume is a disturbing one. Serge Moscovici's acute analyses of mass phenomena - whether crowd violence. In Poland or Iran, or mass hysteria in sports stadiums or at rock concerts - raise fundamental questions concerning the foundations of democracy.

Author's note
Introduction
The Study of the Masses
The individual and the masses
The revolt of the masses
What do we do when faced with the masses?
Eastern and western varieties of despotism
Le Bon and the Fear of Cowards
Who was Gustave Le Bon?
The Machiavelli of mass societies
Four reasons for saying nothing
The discovery of the masses
Mass hypnosis
The mental life of crowds
The Crowd, Women and Madness
Collective matter: the impulsive and conservative crowd
Collective form: the dogmatic and utopian crowd
The leaders of the crowd
Charisma
The strategies of propaganda and mass suggestion
Conclusion
The Leader Principle
The paradox of mass psychology
Natural crowds and artificial crowds
The leader principle
Opinion and the Crowd
Communication is the valium of the people
Opinion, the public and the crowd
The law of the polarisation of prestige
The Republic in France: from a democracy of the masses to a democracy of publics
The Best Disciple of Le Bon and Tarde: Sigmund Freud
The black books of Dr Freud
From classical to revolutionary mass psychology
The three questions of mass psychology
Crowds and the libido
The origin of affective attachments in society
Eros and mimesis
The end of hypnosis
The Psychology of the Charismatic Leader
Prestige and charisma
The postulate of mass psychology
The primal secret
Hypotheses About Great Men
'The man Moses'
The family romances of great men
Creating a people
Mosaic and totemic leaders
Secular Religions
The secret of a religion
The prohibition of thought
The cult of the father
Conclusion: the planetary age of the crowd
Notes
References
Index of names
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521277051
ISBN-10: 0521277051
Series: Msh
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 418
Published: 4th November 1985
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.61