Crowds, Psychology, And Politics, 1871-1899 by Jaap van GinnekenCrowds, Psychology, And Politics, 1871-1899 by Jaap van Ginneken

Crowds, Psychology, And Politics, 1871-1899

byJaap van Ginneken

Paperback | November 23, 2006

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Jaap van Ginneken's study explores the social and intellectual history of the emergence of the field of crowd psychology in the late nineteenth century in France and Italy. Both the popular work of the French physician LeBon, considered the "father" of this field, and his predecessors are shown to be influenced and closely connected with the dramatic events and academic debates of their day. Although LeBon is generally thought of as the creator of the field of crowd psychology, this study demonstrates how he derived most of his key concepts from immediate predecessors, without acknowledging his debt to them. Professor van Ginneken traces the descendants and heirs of the original authors throughout Europe, using unpublished correspondence to shed light on their mutual relations. Recognizing that LeBon's work was by far the most popular, the success of his work is shown to have had a decisive influence on many major political leaders of the twentieth century--including Theodore Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, Benito Mussolini, and Adolf Hitler. The work provides an international and historiographical account of the early history of crowd psychology, emphasizing the community of better and lesser known authors in this field and placing it in the context of the major scientific debates of the day.
Title:Crowds, Psychology, And Politics, 1871-1899Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:November 23, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521032490

ISBN - 13:9780521032490


Table of Contents

List of figures, maps and tables; Preface; Introduction; 1. The revolutionary mob: Taine, psychohistory and regression; 2. The criminal crowd: Sighele, criminology and semi-responsibility; 3. A missing link: Fournial, anthropology and the priority debate; 4. The era of the crowd: LeBon, psychopathology and suggestion; 5. The era of the public: Tarde, social psychology and interaction; Summary and conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...the reader gets a fascinating glimpse of how sociopolitical movements such as socialism, nationalism and colonialism contributed to the emergence of a national psychology...a rich and well-documented account on the origins of crowd psychology from a constructionist perspective...the writing is clear and well-organized. The book is enhanced by extensive illustrations drawn form popular periodicals of the era." Henry Minton, Theory & Psychology