“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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Crowds and Power

Armed with a lifetime of reading in anthropology, psychology, political science and rhetoric–and equipped with a life traversing totalitarian governments, two world wars and knowledge of numerous languages–he weaves znd stories of ancient and all-but forgotten cultures to me, at least i The best insights can sometimes come from meandering pathways.

But similar references in the Christian and Hebrew Bible are not quoted. The Origins of Totalitarianism. Islam, he believes, is inherently a religion of continuous warfare as indicated by selections from the Quran. Geweldige zinnen, naar mijn smaak. Ranging from soccer crowds and political rallies to Bushmen and the pilgrimage to Mecca, Canetti exhaustively reviews the way crowds form, develop, and dissolve, using this taxonomy of mass movement as a key to the dynamics of social life.

Canetti’s book is somewhat strange; it is also gripping and often uncannily accurate about the nature of power. Waar een normaal non-fictie boek ons poogt te overtuigen met argumentatie en logica, daar betovert Canetti ons met ongehoord andd essayistiek en met de enorme kracht van zijn metaforische beelden. Er moeten middelen en wegen worden gevonden om het grootste deel van de mens ervoor te vrijwaren. This is a dense, magisterial work Maar ik hoop dat ik althans iets over weet te brengen van zijn werkelijk genadeloze boodschap.

Elizs ben volkomen flabbergasted, euforisch en cahetti.

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The work is “Nietzschean” in its construction and often in its tone and, from the light shed on human thinking, there are shades of Kafka in the work as well – man as beset, mortified and made anxious by the social walls that surround him and metastasize in growth and shape in his mind.

The only “free” man who avoids the “sting” built into every command and its acceptance or rejection is the man who altogether evades situations in which commands are given and responded to.


Maar misschien geldt dat nog wel sterker voor de eigenzinnige en uiterst creatieve opzet van het boek als geheel. Interesting view of the behavior of crowds and leaders and how they interact and grow.

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Nov 25, Philip marked it as to-read. If you find the book, flip to the section called “Panic,” and you will be treated to a history of the modern world. In late s he started to live in Zurich permanently.

This book is a moving treatise on the dangers of powerful leaders who are very influential to the masses. The style is often aphoristic, and many of its aphorisms are slaps in the reader’s face, prodding us gently with the message that it’s time to wake up. Breathtaking in its range and erudition, it explores Shiite festivals and the English Civil war, the finger exercises of monkeys and the effects of inflation in Weimar Germany. Uses many anthropoligical examples, although some links are more canetto than others.

Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at yb history and psychology. Extremely informative, but slow going in my view. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

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His unit of analysis is the crowd, which may arise from something more primitive called a pack, but which takes on uniquely crowd-like characteristics and force. Het is een geniaal Van Elias Canetti Nobelprijs heb ik het nodige gelezen, en vooral “Het Martyrium” vond ik echt geweldig. Recommended on a blog by Charles Lemos, at ;ower defunct] bythefault. Il trattato di Versailles ha tolto alla Germania l’esercito.

He goes on and on with his pointless classifications and anectodes about exotic, remote cultures and their barbaric ways, the style is tedious and hard to follow, I really couldn’t find any idea of value and stopped after skimming about a quorter of the way through, at the chapter where Islam is the religion of war and Christianity that of lament, but there was more to learn about the exact characteristics, mostly flaws of course, of several nations, including “the jews”.


And in my attempts to regard his legacy in contemporary studies, I am surprised to see a near-total absence. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Lists with This Book.

Dit is nog maar een flintertje van wat Canetti ons vertelt over macht en bevel, en ik kan geen recht doen aan zijn rijke en uit vele bronnen puttende essayistiek.

His concerns are so human that the abstractions take root. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Masse und Macht is a book by Elias Canetti frowds, dealing with the dynamics of crowds and “packs” and the question of how and candtti crowds obey power of rulers.

This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat Since late s he lived in London and Zurich. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Sep 23, Ryan Louis rated it really liked it. Elias brings in a whole range of topics such as panic, rhythm, crowds of people and their types, the dead, piwer packs, native Indians, religious wars, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Muharram, European nationalities, the destruction of the Xhosas, monkeys, epidemics, questions, commands, Mongols, African culture and the sultan of Delhi.

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Return to Book Page. Volgens mij kun je niet volhouden dat Canetti in “Massa en Macht” de fenomenen “massa” en “macht” op wetenschappelijke wijze heeft geanalyseerd en ontleed. Masse und Macht] Elias Canetti Snippet view – If the success of the “talking cure” in psychiatry is taken as our model, then we’re still in for a long and gloomy night. Though confusing at times–though his conclusions often require tremendous leaps of faith–and in spite of the hordes of implicit arguments the reader must tweeze from the haystack, the book is quite profound.