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A colorful history of popular delusions, Robert E. Bartholomew and Peter Hassall

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A colorful history of popular delusions
Title
A colorful history of popular delusions
Statement of responsibility
Robert E. Bartholomew and Peter Hassall
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Language
eng
Summary
"This eclectic history of unusual crowd behavior describes a rich assortment of mass phenomena ranging from the amusing and quirky to the shocking and deplorable. What do fads, crazes, manias, urban legends, moral panics, riots, stampedes, and other massexpressions of emotion have in common? By creating a typology of such behavior, past and present, the authors show how common extraordinary group reactions to fear or excitement are. And they offer insights into how these sometimes dangerous mob responses can be avoided. We may not be surprised to read about the peculiarities of the European Middle Ages, when superstition was commonplace: like the meowing nuns of France, 'tarantism' (a dancing mania) in Italy, or the malicious anti-Semitic poison-well scares. But similar phenomena show up in our own era. Examples include the social-networking hysteria of 2012, which resulted in uncontrollable twitching by teenage girls in Leroy, NY; the 'phantom bus terrorist' of 2004 in Vancouver, Canada; and the itching outbreak of 2000 in South Africa. Vivid, detailed, and thoroughly researched, this is a fascinating overview of collective human behavior in its many unusual forms"--
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Provided by publisher
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DLC
Dewey number
302/.13
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A colorful history of popular delusions, Robert E. Bartholomew and Peter Hassall
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Rumors : "Psssst" -- Fads : The Next Big Thing -- Crazes : Going Overboard -- Manias : 'What we ardently wish we soon believe" -- Urban Legends : Living Folklore -- Stampedes and Panics -- Classical Mass Hysteria : Psychological Gremlins -- Anxiety Hysteria : The Power of Sudden Fear -- Immediate Community Threats : Defending the Homeland -- Moral Panics : Imagining Our Worst Fears -- Riots : The Breakdown of Social Order -- Small Group Panics : People Who Scared Themselves -- Socially Shared Psychosis
Control code
BK0016664907
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
363 p.
Isbn
9781633881228
Lccn
2015018990
Label
A colorful history of popular delusions, Robert E. Bartholomew and Peter Hassall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Rumors : "Psssst" -- Fads : The Next Big Thing -- Crazes : Going Overboard -- Manias : 'What we ardently wish we soon believe" -- Urban Legends : Living Folklore -- Stampedes and Panics -- Classical Mass Hysteria : Psychological Gremlins -- Anxiety Hysteria : The Power of Sudden Fear -- Immediate Community Threats : Defending the Homeland -- Moral Panics : Imagining Our Worst Fears -- Riots : The Breakdown of Social Order -- Small Group Panics : People Who Scared Themselves -- Socially Shared Psychosis
Control code
BK0016664907
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
363 p.
Isbn
9781633881228
Lccn
2015018990

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