“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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Quite intriguing to bizare Refreshing because after almost six decades this inter-disciplinary work has never found a disciplinary home in the social sciences and consequently never has been turned into countless doctoral theses and academic articles.

Uses many anthropoligical examples, although some links are more tenuous than others. This work remains important for the insights it provided into the Eastern European upheaval which can be understood within the framework Canetti puts forth. This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat If you’ve read Jared Diamond and are longing for something with a more European intellectual bent, a bit more philosophy, a lot more poetry, this is a good bet.

Jul 06, Andrew added it Shelves: Ik heb dus angels in mij door bevelen van anderen, anderen hebben angels in zich door bevelen van mij. There is something in Canetti’s typology that is akin to Raul Hilberg’s Holocaust-studies classification of hundreds of millions of Europeans as either perpetrators, victims, or not entirely innocent bystanders – for Canetti seems to see human history as a sort of continuous political holocaust, a repetitive nightmare of power relations from which we cannot awake.

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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Maar ik hoop dat ik althans iets over weet te brengen van zijn werkelijk genadeloze boodschap. Keep in mind that Canetti was writing in the structuralist heyday of the late ’50s and early ’60s– this was crowdz time when Marshall McLuhan was doing his thing poweer media, and when the name of Freud still held a mighty sway over psychology.


Unusual typologies and word-usages abound e. En toch vallen de namen Hitler en Stalin maar heel sporadisch. Jan 21, Chris rated it really liked it.

Among other things, Canetti’s wife used to greet Murdoch with a smile when she turned up for their trysts and then make lunch for all of them cahetti as you can see, a cult leader kind of personality. They have an emotional significance 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.

Crowds and Power

This is one of those philosophical works in which the author reimagines the world through one of the lenses of a compound eye. Our instincts for safety in crowds, following a Big Man, jumping into heaps honest and living in packs are similar to what we see for other mammals, especially primates, on Animal Planet. Relevant is in dit opzicht de dubbele betekenis van het Duitse woord angreifen. Apr 14, Sunny rated it it was amazing Shelves: But similar references in the Christian and Hebrew Bible are not quoted.

Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti

Paperbackpages. Aug 02, Noah rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. Ergo, il piacere psicologico del commercio deriva dai tempi in cui i lower pelosi antenati volteggiavano di ramo in ramo.

Taking into account his own early life as an “undesirable element” a Jew who was not fully welcome in the land of his birth Bulgaria and who was then cast out of the society of his adolescence bj early manhood in Vienna where he acquired his higher education and the language of his thought andd writing his focus in Crowds and Power makes sense in a very personal way — had you led his life with all of its insults you too might have arrived at similar conclusions about eliax dismal nature of “power relationships” among people, especially if you came of age during the pan-European turmoils of the first half of twentieth century, a very bad time for the human race.


The Rain Dances of the Pueblo Indians. Among other things, Canetti’s wife used to greet Murdoch with a smile when she turned up for their trysts and then make lunch for all of them afterwards; as you can see, a cult leader kind of person Elias Canetti, the Nobel Prize-winning author of this book, would be unhappy to learn that he’s now best known as Iris Murdoch’s one-time lover.

En zo tot een monument wordt voor een wijze van denken die aan de rigiditeit van macht en bevel cowds. Crowds and Power German: His definition of the ‘increase ppwer which is crystallised around an associated ‘increase pack’ is not an irrelevant way to view modern corporate organisations.

En dat, suggereert Canetti met nog meer van die denderend suggestieve Canetti-zinnen, verklaart de verlokking van de massa: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Parliamentary crowds are only possible because the losers in democratic election are not anc or physically harmed.

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.

Read more Read less. Prototypical of an institutionalised crowd is religion. Extremely informative, but slow going in my view.

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The Future Belongs to Crowds An astounding book. To me, this is mister Canetti presenting his elaborate, pretentious, shallow, completely unsupported by research theories about crowds in the most patronizing and infurating way I’ve seen in a long time.

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