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The politics of crowds : an alternative history of sociology

Author: Christian Borch
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When sociology emerged as a discipline in the late nineteenth century, the problem of crowds constituted one of its key concerns. It was argued that crowds shook the foundations of society and led individuals into all sorts of irrational behaviour. Yet crowds were not just something to be fought in the street, they also formed a battleground over how sociology should be demarcated from related disciplines, most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Borch
ISBN: 9781107009738 1107009731 9781107625464 1107625467
OCLC Number: 758099245
Awards: Winner of Book Prize, Section on Sociological Theory, American Sociological Association 2014
Description: vii, 338 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the crowd problem --
1. Setting the stage: crowds and modern French society --
2. Disciplinary struggles: the crowd in early French sociology --
3. Weimar developments: toward a distinctively sociological theory of crowds --
4. Liberal attitudes: crowd semantics in the USA --
5. From crowd to mass: problematising the classless society --
6. Reactions to totalitarianism: new fusions of sociological and psychological thinking --
7. The culmination and dissolution of crowd semantics --
8. Postmodern conditions: the rise of the post-political masses --
Conclusion: the politics of crowds.
Responsibility: Christian Borch.
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