Sociology Elias Canetti Crowds and Power

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Crowds and Power

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9780140036169: Crowds and Power

Considered one of the great books of the twentieth century Crowds and Power was the work responsible for winning Elias Canetti the 1981 Nobel Prize. From the destructive behaviour of soccer crowds to the horror of tyrannical rulers and from Bushmen and Pueblo Indian rain dances to the pilgrimage to Mecca, the author takes us on a fascinating journey through anthropology, psychology, biology, religion and literature. Ranging from the deeply profound to the overtly controversial - from the finger exercises of monkeys to the hallucinations of alcoholics - this book will change forever the way you look at groups of people and realise their awesome potential to be manipulated for good or for evil. He concludes that 'If we would master power we must face command openly and boldly, and search for means to deprive it of its sting'. This book will change forever the way you look at groups of people and the whole concept of power.

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Drawing on his experiences in Vienna in the 1930s and a range of material from anthropology, biology and the culture of many ages and every continent, Canetti offers insights into the psychology of the crowd, the variety of religious experience, the paranoia of rulers and the pathology of power.

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"Canetti dissolves politics into pathology, treating society as a mental activity--a barbaric one, of course--that must be decoded."--Susan Sontag

Canetti dissolves politics into pathology, treating society as a mental activity--a barbaric one, of course--that must be decoded. "Susan Sontag""

Canetti dissolves politics into pathology, treating society as a mental activity--a barbaric one, of course--that must be decoded. Susan Sontag"

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Canneti, Elias
Published by Penguin Putnam~trade (1973)
ISBN 10: 0140036164 ISBN 13: 9780140036169
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