Mass Society

Christian Borch

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    Mass society is a societal diagnosis that emphasizes – usually in a pejorative, modernity critical manner – a series of traits allegedly associated with modern society, such as the leveling of individuality, moral decay, alienation, and isolation. As such, the notion of mass society generalizes the negative features usually ascribed by late nineteenth-century crowd psychology to spontaneous crowds, and attributes these to the entire social fabric. However, in contrast to crowd psychology, theorists of mass society often place greater emphasis on how capitalism, technological advances, or demographic developments condition such negative features, and some theorists argue that mass society produces a propensity to totalitarianism. Discussions of mass society culminated in the early and mid-twentieth century.
    TitelThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory
    RedaktørerBryan S. Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia F. Epstein, Peter Kivisto, J. Michael Ryan, William Outhwaite
    Antal sider2
    Publikationsdato4 dec. 2017
    ISBN (Trykt)9781118430866
    ISBN (Elektronisk)9781118430873
    StatusUdgivet - 4 dec. 2017
    NavnWiley Blackwell Encyclopedias in Social Sciences

    Bibliografisk note

    Published online: 4. December 2017.


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