“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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Men sluit zich in huizen op waarin niemand mag binnenkomen; slechts daarin voelt men zich ten dele veilig. Jun 29, Brett Green rated it liked it Shelves: Maar deze zinnen maken door de kracht van hun formulering wel de irrationele intensiteit van deze oerangst fraai voelbaar. Among other things, Canetti’s wife used to greet Murdoch with a smile when she turned up for their trysts and then make lunch for all of them afterwards; as you can see, a cult leader kind of personality.

It’s an analysis of the link between our leaders, how we are led, and how this has shaped the pwoer that we live in.

What dark roads this mania led to, hardly comical, is left to the reader’s imagination. It is notable for its unusual tone; although wide-ranging in its erudition, it is not scholarly or academic in a conventional way.

The fingers of both hands intertwined are the first basket. One of Canetti’s principal explicatory methods is to describe custom and ritual amongst the modern remnant of hunting-gathering mankind – Australian aborigines and certain tribes of Southern Africa, for example – as well as using mystic religious ceremonial for illustrative purposes a violent incident from an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca providing an especially tense and powerful moment.

Il trattato di Versailles ha tolto alla Germania l’esercito. This is utter bullsht, or rather I canetri say I wholeheartedly believe it to be so. Canetti strips away the trappings of civilization and depicts human beings as what we, at base, are – animals.


AN insightful book delivered with excellent service. And with a subject as incisive and important as power, we must all become intellectual savants Maar die conclusies zijn wel enorm pregnant geformuleerd, en wel enorm overtuigend als verhaal of als literair beeld. Die Crowdss vervolgens met allerlei voorbeelden uit mythen en antropologische bronnen nog weer extra vorm en inhoud geeft, op meeslepende wijze.

If you’ve read Jared Diamond and are longing for something with a more Canteti intellectual bent, a bit more philosophy, a lot more poetry, this is a good bet. An important book for better understanding oneself, religion, politics, sports fans, high school, and just about anything else. La formazione del nazismo secondo Canetti.

Perhaps, to do justice to this erudite although perhaps eccentrically so scholar, we should all take him up again. Want Canetti houdt zich in “Massa en Macht” aan geen enkele conventie, dus aan geen enkel bevel dat dicteert hoe een boek hoort te zijn.

Given its date of publicationCrowds and Power is a rather sophisticated appreciation of organisation compared with the puerile discussions of such topics as ‘Authority Structure’ and ‘Line vs. Retrieved from ” https: Wat voor de Bosjesman geen fantasie is, maar realiteit: He summarizes his equations by his closing comments on the case of Daniel Paul Schreber.

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Crowds and Transformation in Delirium Tremens. This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat Het is een geniaal en ongelofelijk origineel essay van ruim bladzijden, in twaalf briljante essayistische hoofdstukken waarin elke paragraaf ook weer een parel is van essayistische eigenzinnige schrijfkunst.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Discipline and the Sting of Command. This is one of those philosophical works in which the author reimagines the world through one of the lenses of a compound eye.

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anx As always with Canetti, he’s perceptive, writes clear as a bell and is generally correct. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This work remains important for canetri insights it provided into the Eastern European upheaval which can be understood within the framework Canetti puts forth.


There is no introduction and the structure of the book is very loosely held together. Nobel Prize per questo libro. Some of the borrowed descriptions of rituals and events in different cultures are fascinating, while Canetti’s writing is strongest when it is metaphorical and descriptive. Refreshing because after almost six decades this inter-disciplinary work has never found a disciplinary home in the social sciences and consequently never has been turned into countless doctoral theses and academic articles.

Non solo per i riferimenti, ma per tutta l’impostazione. In this study of the interplay of crowds, Canetti offers one of the most profound and startling portraits of the human condition. Maar ik hoop dat ik althans iets over weet te brengen van zijn werkelijk genadeloze boodschap.

Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. The Rain Dances of the Pueblo Indians. It breaks the rate, as it were, in both creativity and literacy and so is ignored. Ze ontmaskeren en ontwapenen daarmee ten dele de machthebber croqds ons en in ons.

Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti

En dat is misschien nog wel confronterender. Canetti illuminates his central point by setting intellectual bonfires in a circle around it. Niet voor niets gaat het boek na de laatst geciteerde woorden verder met een nieuw hoofdstuk getiteld “De metamorfose” die Verwandlung.

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