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March 30 2009 Group behavior: larger intragroup issues 2. Mob behavior: panics vs riots Panics : survival instinct kicks in, fight or flight behavior, autonomic nervous system arousal. Examples: -1989 hillsborough soccer championship People crowding into the stadium. People in the front trying to move backwards -1981 concert of the “who” 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island Riots : -1992 LA riot following Rodney King verdict -NBA Championship Riots -Race Riots of 1960’s Conventional wisdom: social rage Dramatic events (assassinations, unpopular verdicts, police brutality) crystallize social rage stemming from underlying root reasons: racism, poverty, etc., and why people who experience this rage manage it in a self destructive manner – breakdown of families, media influences, etc. Conventional wisdom- problems with explanations, Explain too much : have these conditions all the time but riots are episodic. Explain too little
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