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The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind is a brilliant treatise on the workings of crowds. Gustave Le Bon examines many different kinds of crowds and how they work. He differentiates between different kinds of crowds such as mobs, juries, elected bodies, and simple crowds. This landmark book is one of the most influential books ever written on this subject. An important book for anyone studying or working in the fields of sociology, law, and psychology.
Gustave Le Bon (1841-1931) eut un immense succes et inspira jusqu'a Freud. Veritable best-seller, Psychologie des Foules est considere comme un des livres qui ont change le monde au debut du XXe siecle. Monument historique, il demeure une uvre pionniere de la psychologie sociale et la premiere a interroger brillamment le phenomene de masse qui allait tourmenter le XXe siecle. Moscovici le considere comme le Machiavel des societes de masses qui, le premier, aura compris l'importance du role (potentiellement destructeur) des foules. Ce livre est devenu un classique incontournable pour tous les sociologues et psychologues. Texte integral et conforme a l'edition originale de 1895 (version 1. 1 corrigee). "
The present age is not merely an epoch of discovery; it is also a period of revision of the various elements of knowledge. Having recognised that there are no phenomena of which the first cause is still accessible, science has resumed the examination of her ancient certitudes, and has proved their fragility. To-day she sees her ancient principles vanishing one by one. Mechanics is losing its axioms, and matter, formerly the eternal substratum of the worlds, becomes a simple aggregate of ephemeral forces in transitory condensation.
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