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While many thinkers had already before him turned their attention to the phenomenon of the crowd, it was the Jewish author and social theorist Elias Canetti (1905-1994) who made the study of the crowd his core concern (Masse und Macht, 1960; “Crowds and Power,” 1962). Canetti's original contribution to the debate lies, above all, in the firm defense of their positive potential. Starting out with the rejection of all religion…

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Collins, William, “Crowds”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 18 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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