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Collectivism - Masses and Crowds
(1,481 words)

Part of Collectivism:

1. Masses and Crowds

2. Nature, History and Forms of Collectivism

1. The problem of the masses. Crowd psychology has been seen as a precise problem since the end of the 19th century. The perspectives in which it was seen were determined for some time by the works of G. Le Bon (Psychologie de foules, 1895), G. Tarde (L’opinion et la foule, 1901) and G. Sighele (La folla delinquente, 1891). These analyses were motivated less by scientific objectiveness than by emotional reactions to far-reaching social changes, such as revolutions, restlessness …

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Roman Bleistein, “Collectivism - Masses and Crowds”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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