Category Archive for: COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENT

Some Forms of Crowd Behavior

Some Forms of Crowd Behavior THE AUDIENCE. An audience is a crowd with interest centered on stimuli outside themselves. The stimuli are mainly one-way. With themovie, radio, or television audience, the stimuli are entirely one-way. Every instructor, however, realizes that a performer before a – “live” audience is affected by the audience reaction. An unresponsive audience will take the sparkle out…

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Emergent Norm Theory

Emergent Norm Theory Crowds are never entirely like-minded, and contagion theory docs not explain why the crowd takes one action rather than another. Emergent norm theorists charge that contagion theory exaggerates the irrational and purposeless components of crowd behavior. Some early riot studies showed rioters to be predominantly young, single, unsettled, and probably unstable. But studies. of the riots of . the 1960s…

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Convergence Theory

Convergence Theory  According to convergence theory, crowd behavior arises from the gathering together of a number of people’ who share the same needs, impulses, dislikes, and purposes. The people attending a Baptist revival service ” share a number of characteristics which  from those of a racetrack crowd. Why are motorcycle rallies and rock festivals so much more…

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Contagion Theory

Contagion Theory Social contagion is defined by Bloomer as “the relatively rapid, unwitting, non rational dissemination of a mood, impulse,  form of conduct … ” [1975, p. 27]. Contagion theory thus emphasizes, and perhaps overemphasizes, the non rational aspects of collective behavior. Some factors encouraging social contagion include anonymity, personality, suggestibility, stress, and interaction amplification. ANONYMITY. At the county fair, many will meet their friends…

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CROWD BEHAVIOR

CROWD BEHAVIOR A crowd is 3 temporary collection of people reacting together to stimuli. A busload of passengers,  each buried in private daydreams, is not acrowd let the driver stop for a few drinks, and they promptly form a crowd. Unlike most other groups, a crowd is temporary. Its members rarely know one another. ‘ Most forms of crowd behavior…

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NATURE OF COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR

NATURE OF COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR All sociologists talk about “collective behave which described crowd behavior as an irrational,” but few attempt ·to define it. When they national and  uncritical response to. the psycho do, the definitions are  useful. Smell This theory reflects the elitist view of common people as childish, impulsive, and irresponsible. Later came the convergence theories, which focus upon the…

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COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENT

COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENT  The rumor is just one of the fascinating kinds of collective behavior. Collective behavior is not an easy field to study scientifically. Riots and panics do not take place under the calm gaze of a visiting sociologist. Deliberately to provoke such behavior would put us in jail. Besides, just how would a sociologist conduct  an interview…

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