Le Bon, Gustave

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Gustave Le Bon (1841–1931) was a French physician and crowd psychologist who published extensively on themes such as crowds, war, race, revolution, socialism, and war. His work on crowd psychology in particular was highly influential, including beyond scholarly circles. Le Bon argued that crowds are barbarian, irrational, and suggestible, and constitute a threat to the civilized social order. Subsequent scholars have strongly contested Le Bon's ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory
EditorsBryan S. Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia F. Epstein, Peter Kivisto, J. Michael Ryan, William Outhwaite
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationChichester
Publication date4 Dec 2017
ISBN (Print)9781118430866
ISBN (Electronic)9781118430873
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017
SeriesWiley Blackwell Encyclopedias in Social Sciences

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Epub ahead of print. Published online: 4. December 2017


  • Crowds
  • Race

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