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By Robert E. Bartholomew, Peter Hassall

This eclectic background of surprising crowd habit describes a wealthy collection of mass phenomena starting from the a laugh and quirky to the surprising and deplorable. What do fads, crazes, manias, city legends, ethical panics, riots, stampedes, and different mass expressions of emotion have in universal? by way of making a typology of such habit, previous and current, the authors exhibit how universal remarkable workforce reactions to worry or pleasure are. they usually supply insights into how those occasionally risky mob responses should be refrained from.

We is probably not stunned to examine the peculiarities of the eu heart a while, whilst superstition was once standard: just like the meowing nuns of France, "tarantism" (a dancing mania) in Italy, or the malicious anti-Semitic poison-well scares. yet comparable phenomena appear in our personal period. Examples comprise the social-networking hysteria of 2012, which led to uncontrollable twitching via teenage women in Leroy, long island; the "phantom bus terrorist" of 2004 in Vancouver, Canada; and the itching outbreak of 2000 in South Africa.

Vivid, specific, and carefully researched, it is a interesting evaluate of collective human habit in its many strange forms.

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In searching for this lost image we look for help from the humane The European of the Year 2000 35 sciences, particularly from sociology. But this science offers us several images of ourselves which we recognize but in which we cannot find ourselves, because there are different sociological theories, each suggesting its own image of man. Contemporary sociology, determined to escape from its original philosophical mould works in two different ways: firstly by empirical research (opinion polls) and secondly by reflexive or critical studies.

Galtung put forward the view that "the history of mankind can be read like a two-dimensional painting" ; the first dimension being that of individualism, the second that of egalitarianism. Mr. Young had utterly failed to recognize the second dimension which was, however, crucial. These dimensions engendered two very different and even diametrically opposed kinds of society. " Dr. Peccei stressed that Mr. Young had accepted the basic hypothesis of Messrs. " Rather than always placing the emphasis on "growth at all costs" and "consumption," which was its corollary, one should ask oneself whether one should not rather place the emphasis on the "quality of life" (Mr.

Since however we base our work on an analysis of the facts we must take into account the probable real social and cultural situation in 2000. This will enable us to define the framework within which we must work. To return to our initial question and try to give an initial answer: by basing ourselves on the various scientific forecasts of "man in 2000" we must outline an "image of man" (European, ideal, necessary and possible) in 2000, and develop this image into a social and cultural project, providing us with guidelines and points of reference for immediate action today.

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