Week 3 Lecture - Collective Madness

159 views3 pages
Published on 18 Nov 2012
Week 3: Collective Madness
Is there such a thing as “collective madness” or “societal madness”?
Can whole societies be crazy?
Necessary to look beyond the individual in terms of causal factors and in terms of the way
mental illness is dealt with. We talked about important structural factors social context is
o Society is somehow sick or disordered
Aggregate insanity looking at rates in certain populations
Collective Madness: populations of people and their actions
Societal insanity: global properties of society and how they‟re evaluated
Not what‟s happening with society, but what‟s happening at the
societal level
In the Diagnostic and Structural Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 4th Edition), mental
disorder is defined as: a behavioural or psychological syndrome or pattern that is associated
with distress, disability, or with a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain,
disability, or an important loss of freedom. Must not be an expectable response, but a
manifestation of behavioural, psychological, or biological dysfunction
DSM 5 cannot be a disorder unless it comes from individual dysfunction
o Terms are put individually based
Difficulty to decide what‟s “mad: and what‟s “sane” as everyone has different perceptions of
what‟s acceptable in societal norms, and people may have different definitions for what‟s
considered insane
o No scientific way of deciding that
Collective is not just group of people acting together, it is a concept that is leading to the
irrational behaviours
o Fashion Fad celebrities create them
o Large group of people embrace the behaviour
o appears in upper class first, and go out when accepted and accessible by the general
public because they become more financially affordable
o Careerism idea of having grave discontent with career despite how successful you
are; seek to move up or move on to something else
o Mobs highly emotional and violent crowns that targets specific individual or groups
of individuals; reason is fueled by fear (e.g. Lynching in southern States)
Public activity
Justification would be many things (e.g. being looked at the wrong way)
A family event as family members
Fear of other was created into the enemy and was not seen as abnormal
o Riots violent forms of crowd behaviour, don‟t target specific groups of people
Because of this, more likely to cause property damage
“just happen”
Reasons: politically fueled, fear and hate
E.g. G20, after Vancouver lost against
Unlock document

This preview shows page 1 of the document.
Unlock all 3 pages and 3 million more documents.

Already have an account? Log in

Get OneClass Notes+

Unlimited access to class notes and textbook notes.

YearlyBest Value
75% OFF
$8 USD/m
$30 USD/m
You will be charged $96 USD upfront and auto renewed at the end of each cycle. You may cancel anytime under Payment Settings. For more information, see our Terms and Privacy.
Payments are encrypted using 256-bit SSL. Powered by Stripe.