Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. Breathtaking in its range and. CROWDS AND POWER by. ELIAS CANETTI. Translated from the German by. Carol Stewart. NEW YORK. THE VIKING PRESS. I Other Continuum books by Elias Canetti. Audo-da-Fe. The Tongue Set Free Crowds. 2. Power (Social sciences) I. Title. HMC

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Keep in mind that Canetti was writing in the canett heyday of the late ’50s and early ’60s– this was a time when Marshall McLuhan was doing his thing with media, and when the I’ll start by saying that I liked reading Crowds and Power, was deeply impressed by the concepts that Canetti develops and invokes, and entertained by the stories and myths he uses to buttress those concepts.

But very few social scientists would canerti cite it to their colleagues.

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If one approaches this work from the perspective of deeply involved humanness, as literature, rather than austere science with cut and dried methodology, one may come away with a deeper, more comprehensive, and much more circumspect feeling and understanding for the human animal. The Rain Dances of the Pueblo Indians. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

A long-term dipping-into book.

It had a large impact and I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit lately Tegelijk echter wel zeer moeilijk op te volgen, want er is -zo suggereert ook Canetti- nauwelijks interactie mogelijk zonder elementen van macht en bevel. Some of the best stuff in it is about the perceptions of things as crowds: En in elk cajetti, ook zin zijn meest gedomesticeerde en milde vorm, is volgens Canetti nog de oervorm en biologische grond voelbaar waaruit het bevel ontstond: Quotes from Crowds and Power.



Only canetit few of his crowds could be termed mobs. Want Canetti’s invalshoek is ongehoord origineel: Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti. En toch bevat dit magnifieke boek volgens mij belangrijke en inspirerende suggesties om ons te wapenen tegen de macht van het bevel.

One of Canetti’s principal explicatory methods is to describe custom and ritual amongst the modern remnant of hunting-gathering mankind – Australian aborigines and certain tribes of Southern Africa, for example – as well as using mystic religious ceremonial for illustrative purposes a violent incident from an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca providing an especially tense and powerful moment.

A book written with an individual, literary sense of research power backed up by a litany of references from ancient times to the s crowdthis book is a paradox of prophesy and outdatedness that strikes a chord due to Canetti’s excellent writing.

Crowds and Power

This work remains important for the insights it provided into the Eastern European upheaval which can be understood within the framework Canetti puts forth.

Literature, poetry, English, and Behavioral Science students.

If you find the book, flip to the section called “Panic,” and you will be treated to a history of the modern world. After establishing his basic crowd-typology, Canetti presents page after powet of remarkable observations and conclusions about what makes each type behave as it does.

Maar Canetti lezen is voor mij wel een manier om de scherpe kantjes daarvan wat minder scherp te maken. In zijn latere, prachtige essay “Das Beruf des Dichters” in de prachtbundel: Having analyzed the different types of crowds, their functions in society, and their typical behaviors, Canetti considers a great many case examples, ranging widely through time, space, and cultures, in which the notion of ‘the crowd’ provides fresh insights.


Commands addressed to More than One Individual.

Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti

De angst voor de inbreker geldt niet alleen zijn roofzuchtige bedoelingen, ze is ook een vrees voor zijn plotselinge, onverwachte greep uit het donker. It is Canetti’s not uninformed view that “Hitler would never have come to power if crowsd crowd of the army had not been prohibited by Versailles. De minder beschaafde leiders hebben nu veel meer mogelijkheden om daadwerkelijk miljoenen te vermoorden en als enige te overleven.

He enjoys this and consequentially asks more and more questions; every answer he receives is an act of submission. Congregants must be united but not excited enough to press for too rapid expansion nor irritated enough by its demands to provoke departure.

Van Hitler, maar ook van Dzjengis Khan, vele koningen of aanvoerders van exotische volkeren, en vele grote leiders in oude mythen. It remains therefore suggestive, if not inspirational. Maar hij is ook genadeloos over u en mij.

Hij sluit “Massa en Macht” af met de woorden: It was a threat not just to Clinton but to the essential conditions of elected government. The Attributes of the Crowd.