2007%20collective%20behaviour - Collective Behaviour &...

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1 Collective Behaviour & Social Movements Studying Collective Behavior Collective behavior – activity involving a large number of people, often spontaneous and sometimes controversial. • It is difficult to study for three reasons: (1) Collective behavior is wide ranging. (2) Collective behavior is complex. (3) Collective behavior is transitory. Collectivities… Collectivities : a large number of people whose minimal interaction occurs in the absence of well-defined conventional norms. • are based on limited social interaction • have no clear social boundaries • engender weak unconventional norms 1) localized collectivities 2) dispersed collectivities
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2 Localized Collectivities Crowd: a temporary gathering of people who share a common focus of attention and who influence one another Mob : a highly emotional crowd that pursues a violent or destructive goal Riot: a social eruption that is highly emotional, violent, and undirected They can challenge or support society. Explaining Crowd Behaviour Blumer Contagion Theory (Gustave Le Bon): The relatively rapid, unwitting, and non-rational dissemination of a mood, impulse or form of conduct. Collective Impulse develops from “ Circular Reaction” Explaining Crowd Behaviour Convergence theory: people who wish to act in a certain way (like-minded people) come together • Individuals within the crowd are responsible for the behaviours, not the crowd.
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 1020E taught by Professor Luton during the Spring '11 term at UWO.

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