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Crowds and Power [Elias Canetti, Carol Stewart] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which . CROWDS AND POWER by. ELIAS CANETTI. Translated from the German by. Carol Stewart. NEW YORK. THE VIKING PRESS. I evident when Canetti cannot avoid referring to Freud’s Schreber case, but resorts to destructive power of crowds has never been explained; he fails to mention.

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More literary than scientific, Canetti’s anthropological investigation of crowd behavior will leave you looking both at human behavior and the natural world in new ways. Maar ook dat die muren vervolgens weer enorm beklemmend zijn, omdat ze leiden tot pwoer en onverbondenheid. Breathtaking in its range and erudition, it explores Shiite festivals and the English Civil war, the finger exercises of monkeys and the effects of inflation in Weimar Germany.

View all 3 comments. Most are institutionalised, or ‘closed’, crowds, the primary issue of which is to prevent them becoming anything like a mob, which is ‘open’. The second half of this book is powerfully insightful.

I particularly enjoyed Canetti’s discussion of symbols of the crowd, the psychology of teeth and digestion, the hero, and fame. Elias brings in a whole range of topics such as panic, rhythm, crowds of people and their types, the dead, ccanetti packs, native Indians, religious wars, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Muharram, European nationalities, the destruction of the Xhosas, monkeys, epidemics, questions, commands, Mongols, African culture and the sultan of Delhi.

The very solemnity with which elections are conducted, argues Crowd, derives from the renunciation of death an instrument of decision. Return to Book Page. Maar die conclusies zijn wel enorm pregnant geformuleerd, en wel enorm overtuigend als verhaal of als literair beeld.

Van Hitler, maar ook van Dzjengis Khan, vele koningen of aanvoerders van exotische volkeren, en vele grote leiders in oude mythen. Keep in mind crwods Canetti was writing in the structuralist heyday of the late ’50s and early ’60s– this was a time when Marshall McLuhan was doing his thing with media, and when the name of Freud still held a mighty sway over psychology. If you find the book, flip to the section called “Panic,” and you will be treated to a history of the modern world.

The rest of canetgi review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons Rather, it reads like a manual written by someone outside the human race explaining to another outsider in concise and highly metaphoric language how people form mobs and manipulate power. And in my attempts to regard his legacy in contemporary studies, I am surprised to see a near-total absence.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. Prototypical of an institutionalised crowd is religion. Masse und Macht is a book by Elias Canettidealing with the dynamics of crowds and “packs” and the question of how and why crowds obey power of rulers.

Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti

It forms where there was nothing before. Canetti’s world is one composed of human groups rather than words, but his achievement is to describe these groups and their dynamics as had never been done before. Adorno says that the individual finds it extremely difficult to resist or assert himself as individual. Goes deeper and wider than Hoffer’s “True Believer.

Armed with a lifetime of reading in anthropology, psychology, political science and rhetoric–and equipped with a life traversing totalitarian governments, two world wars and knowledge canefti numerous languages–he weaves together stories of ancient and all-but forgotten cultures to me, at least i The best insights can sometimes come from meandering pathways.

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Waarmee hij zijn overtuiging demonstreert dat juist de pre-logische wereld der mythen ons veel te zeggen heeft, zeker over massa en macht. In this ambivalence there is a very profound consciousness that on the one hand all possible forms of life actually have the right to exist but that on the other hand, because of the self-preservation instinct present in all humans coupled with the institutional apparatuses in which we live, every new human being that arrives represents something of a threat, no matter how miniscule, to the existence of all other human beings.

There is no logical progression, just a meandering through ideas loosely related to the themes of crowds and power. I hope I will reread this book after a few years with a more improved and developed mind, and will be able to grasp better the concepts explained by this Nobel winning author.

Mar 13, Cynthia marked it as to-read Shelves: All I hear is praise for this ppwer.

Crowds and Power

Recommended on a blog by Charles Lemos, at [now defunct] bythefault. So much that seems inexplicable about human behavior makes sense after reading this book. Personal freedom consists largely in having a defense against questions. This could also refer to threats upon huge masses of peopleā€”an example of this could be the constant possibility of natural disasters. En dat is misschien nog wel confronterender.


Crowds and Power is also something like Dr Johnson’s dictionary. Finally through this intellectual thicket Even though I did not understand this book entirely, it made a considerable change in my way of thinking and looking at matters concerning not only crowds and power, but also other human activities and behaviors.

View all 21 comments. Niet alleen vijanden, maar ook vrienden of mensen uit het eigen volk. There comes a moment when “all who belong to the crowd get rid of their difference and feel equal.

Ja, het is vreselijk maar het is waar: I can’t begin to summarize; the book is its own footprint Mar 10, BlackOxford rated poweer really liked it Shelves: Adorno then poses the question of whether Canetti believes that these symbols really are the key problems of contemporary society and whether or not the real masses, with the implications of real political pressures, has an even greater importance for society rather than these factors of the imagination.

These mass symbols were important for the formation of national consciousness: Zij zijn niet, zoals de bevelende machthebber, star aan zichzelf gelijk, maar verplaatsen zich bijvoorbeeld in fictieve personages en WORDEN dan voor even die personages, of WORDEN voor even die jubelende vogel uit hun gedicht. Growth, Equality, Density, and Direction; the way primitive man canettj crowds of animals and transferred them into himself; a method of interpreting crowd behavior in such entities as bacilli and spermatozoids; the manner in which an individual accepts jostling and touching with congeries of others that overcomes his innate revulsion of physical contact with someone or something strange, tainted as the unknown is with stochastic death – nevertheless I have found my interest waning entering the final stretch of the book.

The crowd is a “mysterious and universal phenomenon,” he writes.