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Chapter 15 Lecture 5 - lecture 23- class notes and lecture notes

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Lecture 23
oCrowd Behavior
oLynching’s
oDuring the period b/w 1890= 1930, over 4000 people in the south of the
U.S. were murdered by mob action without a lawful trial. 80% of these
cases involved Black Americans
oWhat contributes to excesses of crown behavior?
Often seen as entertainment
When people experience aggression, when they don’t get what
they want
Generalized state of frustration
oMurder by a crown of a person without a lawful trial
oMob grabs and kills them- can be extreme
oMob aggression you can capture the mood of the crowd by looking at the
frustration
oFrustration Primes Aggression
oGustave LeBon on The Crown
oIn 1895, a French Physician by the name of Gustave LeBon wrote a book
on crowd behavior
oHe argues that, when in a crowd, people descend several rungs of the
ladder of civilization
oWhen individuals are isolated, they are rational and sensible. When they
are part of a crowd, they become primitive
oA number of factors contribute to crowd behavior according to LeBon
oContagion in the Crowd
oContagion: opinions and behaviors can be transmitted like germs
oActs and sentiments can be caught upon seeing someone
oCrowd promotes contagion
oA Study by UofT researchers was conducted at the Science Centre
oAfter the presentation of a film, a confederate started clapping. A greater
percentage of people joined in and clapped when the theatre was densely
packed than when a few people were in the audience
oDeindividuation in the crowd
oDeindividuation: a state of mind where the individual doesn’t feel
identified as an individual. The individual becomes less concerned with
social evaluation and accountability
oNot feeling like we are accountable in a situation
oUniform: assume identity of the uniform, when the person’s face Is
unseen, then there is no individualization
oStudy on Deindividuation at Halloween
Kids in costume should feel deindividualize
U can do bad things because u cant be identified
Bowl of candy in from of house
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Lecture 23 o Crowd Behavior o Lynchings o During the period bw 1890= 1930, over 4000 people in the south of the U.S. were murdered by mob action without a lawful trial. 80% of these cases involved Black Americans o What contributes to excesses of crown behavior? Often seen as entertainment When people experience aggression, when they dont get what they want Generalized state of frustration o Murder by a crown of a person without a lawful trial o Mob grabs and kills them- can be extreme o Mob aggression you can capture the mood of the crowd by looking at the frustration o Frustration Primes Aggression o Gustave LeBon on The Crown o In 1895, a French Physician by the name of Gustave LeBon wrote a book on crowd behavior o He argues that, when in a crowd, people descend several rungs of the ladder of civilization o When individuals are isolated, they are rational and sensible. When they are part of a crowd, they become primitive o A number of factors contribute to crowd behavior accor
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