“Direction is essential for the continuing existence of the crowd A crowd exists so long as it has an unattained goal.”. CROWDS AND POWER by. ELIAS CANETTI. Translated from the German by. Carol Stewart. NEW YORK. THE VIKING PRESS. I Canetti, Elias, Crowds and power. Translation of: Masse Und Macht. Reprint Originally published: New York: Seabury Press, Bibliography: p.

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Here, Canetti considers the human tendency to gather into groups, packs, herds and large crowds.

Ranging from soccer crowds and political rallies to Bushmen and the pilgrimage to Mecca, Canetti exhaustively reviews the way crowds form, develop, and dissolve, using this taxonomy of mass movement as a key to cantti dynamics of social life. English Choose a language for shopping.

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Though confusing at times–though his conclusions often require tremendous leaps of faith–and in spite of the hordes of implicit arguments the reader must tweeze from the haystack, the crowfs is quite profound. Canetti ne fait pas exception. The crowd is a “mysterious and universal phenomenon,” he writes. The Fear of being Touched.

I particularly enjoyed Canetti’s discussion of symbols of the crowd, the psychology of teeth and digestion, the hero, and fame. Civilization and Capitalism, 15thth Century, Vol.

Canetti’s book is somewhat strange; it is also gripping and often uncannily accurate about the nature of power. It’s a grim picture and may even be an accurate one. In late s he started to live in Zurich permanently. La formazione del nazismo secondo Canetti.

It’s an excellent lens for life in En toch bevat dit magnifieke boek volgens mij belangrijke en inspirerende suggesties om ons te wapenen tegen de macht van het bevel. The chapter on power and violence should be a must read for every aspiring politician not to mention the ones already in office. Crowds and Power Volume of Compass Books. 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.


The Transmutation of Packs. Elias brings in a whole range of topics such as panic, rhythm, crowds of people and their types, the dead, hunting 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.

Daarmee reageert hij uiteraard op de angstwekkende massa en macht- fenomenen die we leerden kennen in met name de Tweede Wereldoorlog, maar ook nog erna.

Mar 10, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: The insights in this book are raw, to the point, and so far, are the most accurate and imaginative descriptions of the deepest and most embedded motives and behaviors of humankind. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads cxnetti.

They have an emotional caetti that is real the last night of the Proms comes to mind, as does the role of the Dijkgraaf in the political unity of Holland. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Het is voor mij uiteraard onmogelijk om alle facetten van Canetti’s machtsbegrip hier toe te lichten, te meer omdat ik zijn boek nog wel een paar keer zal moeten lezen om alle rijkdom van dit begrip te doorgronden.

Hij doet dat alles niet op de logisch-systematische wijze van de wetenschapper: As in Nietzsche, there are idiosyncratic topic groupings and unexpected leaps between groupings.


It’s as illuminating as hell, yet for all of that I cannot muster the enthusiasm to keep plugging, and I’m itching to move on to something else; thus, I’ll shelve it in the old Working Through category and finish it off gradually, in bits and pieces. These oddities are not a product of faulty translation, since Canetti knew English well enough not to allow his key terms to be misrepresented by a lazy choice in that language.


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Some of the borrowed descriptions of rituals and events in different cultures are fascinating, canettj Canetti’s writing is strongest when it is metaphorical and descriptive. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Account Options Sign in. Amazon Rapids Fun stories xanetti kids on the go. According to Canetti it is these attributes which also characterize history’s great men, and what delusional power over man and the universe Schreber wielded in his fantasies, those great men have wielded over our bodies and minds.

Apr 25, Brad rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorite books of all time — perhaps even more so ;ower recent years, with the West finally learning how to become a crowd once again.

Interesting view of the behavior of crowds and leaders and how they interact and grow. My library Help Advanced Book Search.