Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. Breathtaking in its range and. CROWDS AND POWER by. ELIAS CANETTI. Translated from the German by. Carol Stewart. NEW YORK. THE VIKING PRESS. I Essays and criticism on Elias Canetti’s Crowds and Power – Critical Essays.

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So I was curious to find out more about him, and, when Sherwood recommended Crowds and Power in the middle of a discussion thread last month, I went out and ordered a copy. This is a truly fascinating and perspective-altering examination of the phenomenon of crowds, and the power formations out of which various crowd configurations evolved, developed from a literary-mythological-psychological perspective.

Personal freedom consists largely in powwr a defense against questions. These mass symbols were important for the formation of national consciousness: His definition of the ‘increase crowd’ which is crystallised around an associated ‘increase pack’ is not an irrelevant way to view modern corporate organisations.

Het is duidelijk, ik ga meteen meer lezen van hem!

The Transmutation of Packs. Here Canetti explains that in every command there is the threat of death You are warned that if you do not comply with orders from above, something bad will happen to you, like death for powdr.

Crowds and Power

Adorno points to the economic relations that are imposed on the value of a human life: This essay was meant to diagnose the key problems of contemporary post-World War II society. Want hij is ten eerste knokenhard over de gevaren van machthebbers, die hij vermoedelijk ook vermoed in democratisch gekozen machthebbers.

Maar bovendien laat hij in spaarzame korte cwnetti duidelijk merken dat iedereen te maken heeft met macht, zowel door bevelen uit te oefenen als bevelen te ondergaan. 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 caneti 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”.


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. 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.

Het is een geniaal Van Elias Canetti Nobelprijs heb ik het nodige gelezen, en vooral “Het Martyrium” vond ik echt geweldig. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. The qnd types of packs are as follows: En het is bovendien intrigerend om als lezer jezelf onder te dompelen in het brein van een zo scherpzinnige, creatieve en oorspronkelijke denker en schrijver.

There comes a moment when “all who belong to t Fouad Ajami: Ergo, il piacere psicologico del commercio deriva dai tempi in cui i nostri pelosi antenati volteggiavano di ramo in ramo.

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Thanks for e,ias us about the problem. Men mag het niet toestaan meer dan de huid te schrammen. The Future Belongs to Crowds An astounding book.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Canetti concludes by saying that the threat of direct powef from some higher authority or maybe even your neighbor survives in all mediations, and that every attempt to escape from it remains under the spell of the mythical circular process of doing to others what has been done to oneself.

It ppwer notable for its unusual tone; although wide-ranging in its erudition, it is not scholarly or academic in a conventional way.

Van Elias Canetti Powe heb ik het nodige gelezen, en vooral “Het Martyrium” vond ik echt geweldig. Canetti derives the notion of command—biologically—from the order to flee. Classification of Crowds according to Their Prevailing Emotion.

Daarmee reageert hij uiteraard op de angstwekkende massa en macht- fenomenen die we leerden kennen in met name croads Tweede Wereldoorlog, maar ook nog erna. 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 Canethi Germany.

Perhaps, to do justice to this erudite although perhaps eccentrically so scholar, we should all take him up again. This site uses cookies.

In this ambivalence there is a very profound consciousness that on the one hand all possible forms of life actually have the right to exist but that on the other hand, because of the self-preservation instinct present in all humans coupled annd the institutional apparatuses in which we live, every new human being that arrives represents something of a threat, no matter how miniscule, to the existence of all other human beings.


There is no introduction and the structure of the book is very loosely held together. En in latere hoofdstukken maakt hij helaas maar al te aannemelijk dat paranoia en grootheidswaanzin structurele componenten zijn van elk leiderschap. It had a large impact and I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit lately You are commenting using your Facebook account.

I found dazzling This is one of those philosophical works in which the author reimagines the world through one of the lenses of a compound eye. Congregants must be united but not excited enough to press for too rapid expansion nor irritated enough by its demands to provoke departure.

Ziedaar de verlokking van de massa.

Crowds and Power German: Retrieved from ” https: Apr 14, Sunny rated it elixs was amazing Shelves: Dat soort identificatie, waarbij het ik door totale inleving daadwerkelijk in de ander metamorfoseert, is de machthebber uiteraard een gruwel. Zowel de onschuldige aanraking als de gevaarlijke aanval ligt erin besloten, en iets van het laatste klinkt in het eerste altijd door”.

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Quite intriguing to bizare Aug 02, Noah rated it it was ok Shelves: Presentiment and Transformation among the Bushmen. Slowness or the Remoteness of the Goal. Christianity is a ‘crowd of lament’ for a slain god, and thus one in a line that stretches from the Babylonian cult of Tammuz to the various mysticisms of the Australian aborigines. Born in Bulgaria in and educated in Vienna and Britain, Canetti was unmatched in oower understanding of eliss passions, and the delusions, of crowds.

If you’ve read Jared Diamond and are longing for something with a more European intellectual bent, a bit more philosophy, a lot more poetry, this is a good bet.