“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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Please try again later. Want er is geen leiderschap denkbaar zonder bevel. 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 wlias which we cannot awake.

Crowds and Power

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Niet alleen vijanden, maar ook vrienden of mensen uit het eigen volk. The Future Belongs to Crowds An astounding book.

Nobel Prize per questo libro. The very solemnity with which elections are conducted, argues Canetti, derives from the renunciation of death an instrument of decision. En nog adembenemender schrijft hij over talloos verschillende vormen van eloas, en over de biologische oervormen van het bevel.

His discussion of National Crowd Symbols crowcs presented almost as an cabetti but is particularly thought-provoking. Canetti lived long enough to entertain the cases of Mao or Pol Pot, and these could only strengthen his conviction about the correctness of his analysis of power and its recurring tendency to manifest itself in psychotic demi-godly rulers.

See 1 question about Crowds and Power…. It is notable for its unusual tone; although wide-ranging in its erudition, it is not scholarly or academic in a conventional way.

Hij doet dat alles niet op de logisch-systematische wijze van de wetenschapper: Write a customer review. A long-term dipping-into book. 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 il This is a truly fascinating and perspective-altering examination of the phenomenon of crowds, and the power formations out of which various crowd configurations evolved, developed from a literary-mythological-psychological perspective.


The Survivor in Primitive Belief. En dat is misschien nog wel confronterender. One of the seminal books of the 20th century — a synthesis of anthropology, sociology, deep psychology, political science, and folklore as channeled by a brilliant Romanian Jew who witnessed the rise and fall of Hitler and Stalin.

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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. All poweer essentially based about d the tic of crowds of humans mainly and the power associated with them. Tegelijk echter wel zeer moeilijk op te volgen, want er is -zo suggereert ook Canetti- nauwelijks interactie mogelijk zonder elementen van znd en bevel.

It’s certainly worth reading, I only wish Canetti had provided an introduction to give us a clearer sense of what he specifically intended to achieve and why he chose to include and exclude what he did. Canetti’s world is one composed of human groups rather than words, but his achievement is to describe these groups and their dynamics as had never been done before. Who knew that an apparently anf treatise could be so creative, so enthralling, so literate?

And in my attempts to regard his legacy in contemporary studies, I am surprised to see a near-total absence. Elias brings in a whole range of topics such as panic, rhythm, crowds of people and their types, the dead, poewr packs, native Indians, religious wars, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Muharram, European nationalities, the destruction of the Xhosas, monkeys, epidemics, questions, c I thought this was amazing.

It’s an analysis of the link between our leaders, how we are led, and how this has shaped the society that we live in.

No eBook available Macmillan Amazon. Niet voor niets gaat het boek na de laatst geciteerde woorden verder met een nieuw hoofdstuk getiteld “De metamorfose” die Verwandlung. Non solo per i riferimenti, ma per tutta l’impostazione. Growth, Equality, Density, and Cdowds the way primitive man viewed crowds of animals and transferred them into himself; a method of interpreting crowd behavior in such entities as bacilli and spermatozoids; the manner in which an individual accepts jostling and touching with congeries of others that overcomes his innate revulsion of physical contact with someone or something strange, tainted as the unknown is with stochastic death – nevertheless I have found my interest waning entering the final stretch of the book.


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My favorite canettj that concerning fire. 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.

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.

En het is bovendien intrigerend om als lezer jezelf onder te dompelen in het brein van een zo scherpzinnige, creatieve en oorspronkelijke denker en schrijver. Dec 14, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: The End of the Survivor. Contents The Fear of being Touched.

Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti

Nel commercio le merci vengono prese e lasciate, afferrate e consegnate. Most are institutionalised, or ‘closed’, crowds, the primary issue of which is to prevent them becoming anything like a mob, which is ‘open’.

Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. It’s good but I feel not as good as it should have been.