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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Mij vrijwaren voor het bevel van anderen gaat nooit eliqs lukken, en mijzelf afleren om macht uit te oefenen al helemaal niet. It shows Canetti’s pet-peeves and prejudices as well as his erudition.

Ja, ik hou van lezen en bejubel veel boeken, maar dit boek is van zo’n zeldzame klasse dat ik mij eigenlijk totaal onmachtig voel om er ook maar iets over te zeggen. 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 person Elias Canetti, the Nobel Prize-winning author of this book, would be unhappy to learn that he’s now best known as Iris Murdoch’s one-time lover.

And in my attempts to regard his legacy in contemporary studies, I am surprised to see a near-total absence. Perhaps, to do justice to this erudite although perhaps eccentrically so scholar, we should all take him up again.

Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti

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. 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 il 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.

There comes a moment when “all who belong to t Fouad Ajami: There is no introduction and the structure of the book is very loosely held together. The Command Flight and Sting.

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Di perle simili il libro ne contiene tante. Of om dat op zijn minst te proberen. 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.

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His discussion of National Crowd Symbols is presented almost as an aside but is particularly thought-provoking. May 23, Ana rated it did not like it Shelves: Others are less apparent but of very practical historical import. De eerste zinnen van het boek luiden bijvoorbeeld: You could make sweeping statements like these without that much evidence and get away with it.

In this study of the interplay of crowds, Canetti offers one of the most profound and startling portraits of the human condition. It is a phenomenology not a sociological study. Instead, the army and the church must be regarded as reaction-formations, namely regressions to social stages that are no longer reconcilable with present realities. Zij zijn niet, zoals de bevelende machthebber, star aan zichzelf gelijk, maar verplaatsen zich bijvoorbeeld in fictieve personages en WORDEN dan voor even die personages, of WORDEN voor even die jubelende vogel uit hun gedicht.

Contents The Fear of being Touched. Nobel Prize per questo libro. Even though I did not understand this book entirely, it made a considerable change in my way of thinking and looking at matters concerning not only crowds and power, but also other human activities and behaviors. How do we see this paradox of the self-preserving individual reverting to his herd-like mass mentality in relation to Nazism?

After establishing his basic crowd-typology, Canetti presents page after page of remarkable observations and conclusions about what makes each type behave as it does. Of, in Canetti’s hamerende woorden: For example, the Marching Forest of the Army in Germany, a symbol of pan-Germanic strength and unity created by Bismarck was fatally disgraced by the Canett of Versailles.

Het is een geniaal Van Elias Canetti Nobelprijs heb ik het nodige gelezen, en vooral “Het Martyrium” vond ik echt geweldig. Elias brings in a whole range of topics such as panic, rhythm, crowds of people and their types, the dead, hunting packs, native Indians, religious wars, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Muharram, European nationalities, the destruction of the Xhosas, monkeys, crowda, questions, commands, Mongols, African culture and the sultan of Delhi.


Aug 02, Noah rated it it was ok Shelves: Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Retrieved from ” https: Crowds and Power Volume of Compass Books.

Er moeten middelen en wegen worden gevonden om het grootste deel van de mens ervoor te danetti. For example, Christianity, during the Medieval period, had many followers who thought they saw the Devil. To me, this is mister Canetti presenting his elaborate, pretentious, shallow, completely unsupported by research theories about crowds in the most patronizing and infurating way I’ve seen in a long time.

Met soortgelijke, even essayistische als eigenzinnig-indringende zinnen, maakt Canetti snel daarna al even voelbaar dat het noodzakelijk is om je te verschansen achter muren om deze angstwekkende aanraking door het onbekende te voorkomen. Niet alleen vijanden, maar ook vrienden of mensen uit het eigen volk.

Crowds and Power

Some of the best stuff in it is about the perceptions of things as crowds: Adorno points to the economic relations that are imposed on the value of a human life: To me, this is mister Canetti presenting his elaborate, pretentious, shallow, completely unsupported by research theories about crowds in the most patronizing and infurating way I’ve This is utter bullsht, or rather I should say I wholeheartedly believe it to be so.

Want er is geen leiderschap denkbaar zonder bevel. It feels cumbersome because of the vast logic he employs to outline his theories. Islam as a Religion of War. A book written with an individual, literary sense of research power backed up by a litany of references from ancient times to the s crowdthis book is a paradox of prophesy and outdatedness that strikes a chord due to Canetti’s excellent writing. But this isn’t scientific analysis at all– it’s literature above all else, and should be read in that light.

Lists with This Book. 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. It feels epic because of the multitudinous stories.