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Briefly acquaint yourself with the Encyclopedia Britannica entry about Gustave Le Bon: Afterwards read a couple of pages from the following work by this author: ? id=BonCrow.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&p art=1&division=div1. Please discuss this reading assignment in light of the reading materials for this unit. Charles-Marie Gustave Le Bon was a French polymath whose areas of interest included anthropology, psychology, sociology, medicine, invention, and physics. He is best known for his 1895 work The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, which is considered one of the seminal works of crowd psychology. Le Bon qualified as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Paris in 1866. He opted against the formal practice of medicine as a physician, instead beginning his writing career the same year of his graduation. He published a number of medical articles and books before joining the French Army after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. Defeat in the war coupled with being a first-hand witness to the Paris Commune of 1871 strongly shaped Le Bon's worldview. He then travelled widely, touring Europe, Asia and North Africa. He analyzed the peoples and the civilizations he encountered under the umbrella of the nascent field of anthropology, developing an essentialist view of humanity, and invented a portable cephalometer during his travels. In the 1890s, he turned to psychology and sociology, in which fields he released his most successful works. Le Bon developed the view that crowds are not the sum of their individual parts, proposing that within crowds there forms a new psychological entity, the characteristics of which are determined by the "racial unconscious" of the crowd. Crowds are masses of people that have come together so as to push for collective changes to be carried out resulting to their well-being. There are different types of crowds which are formed

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