which specific masses did you study and then generalize about? Many insights even if they often seem to state the obvious, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2017, I would say anyone with some degree of "knowing themselves" would see Le Bon's text as often stating the obvious. Le Bon’s opinion was that democracy being good or bad was irrelevant since the irrational mass politics of the crowd will inevitably tend toward democracy. The writer of the summary of this book has given it an unfair shake. A politically incorrect journey into politics. For Le Bon, the crowd is fundamentally irrational and easily influenced by a strong leader. It is precisely crowds that cling the most tenaciously to traditional ideas and oppose their being changed with the most obstinacy. This book offers a new approach to establish a clear identity & enjoy a more positive life. Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I don't like this book for a very simple reason: Out-of-date. People prefer a entertaining, colourful, charismatic tyrant who reflects back the populist mindset. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. His primary thesis is that crowds become entities that surpass any of the individual members and essentially take on a life of their own. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 25, 2015. All of his books and most of the reviews are Arabic, instead of the universal language English like usually (even though he is French). At the end of the 19th century with the overthrow of the Second French Empire, the debate over whether democracy was “good” or “bad” was still ongoing. It is as depressing as it is uplifting; I do not recommend it to people with weak stomachs or to naive humanists with delusions about the inherent goodness of humanity. Gustave Le Bon’s 1895 work, The Crowd, portrayed the massed public as pathologically irrational, its members incapable of thinking or acting as individuals: “…by the mere fact that he forms part of an organised crowd, a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilisation” (12). This is notably the case with the category of crowds constituting castes. Unable to add item to List. This is making me curious if this book is really famous in any Arabic-speaking countries? Cognitive dissonance is a terrible illness and Le Bon is bound to to give it to a few naive readers. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Should be called "sheep and how they graze" or "don't be a sheep". We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Amazing foresight of the evils in the 20th century, Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018. I have read one or two books which struck me as profound and troubling. As relevant today as the day it was written. A must-read volume for students of history, sociology, law, and psychology, The Crowd will also be invaluable to politicians, statesmen, investors, and marketing managers. In La psychologie des foules makes a compelling analysis of crowd behaviour that rings true on every page. As the disclaimer on the title page notes, the ideas in Le Bon's book were popular at the time of the late 19th century but are no longer in vogue today. He tells us what we already know from personal experience or have heard second-hand about crowds. The individuals in the crowd loses their individual character and a crowd acts as if it is under a state of hypnosis. His primary thesis is that crowds become entities that surpass any of the individual members and essentially take on a life of their own. Have a nice day! The reasoning of the solitary individual is superior to that of a crowd which has no individuality. In fact it would seem that our entire mental libraries contain little else. Le Bon offers many deep insights regarding the psychology of the crowd and the book definitely helps us understand the mass politics that exist today. I was interested in the book The Crowd; Study of the Popular Mind by Gustave Le Bon to gain an understanding of the psychology of crowds (doing a little research). 1) I very much liked the discussion of the different modes of education & instruction and their role in society. From time to time, the “haves” tamper with information. But I did gain a deeper understanding of crowds and why they do what they do. Le Bon notes how individuals become unthinking entities of the Herd, and can be unconsciously made to do acts, which can either be of great criminality or heroism. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. The Crowd is a study of how groups behave, although mainly based on rationalization of the French Republic, it was quite a good (somewhat outdated) read. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $9.63 Shipping to Germany. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I also found instructive the discussion of the different meanings of the word "democracy" between the Latin peoples and the Anglo-Saxon ones. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. It does explain the catastrophic failure of the French Revolution and Inorganic Suffrage and the Parliamentary System that is all to well known. La psychologie des foules deserves to be on introductory undergraduate courses on political theory because it is so clear and so provocative.
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