The Politics of Mass Society

""The Politics of Mass Society"" explores the social conditions necessary for democracy and the vulnerabilities of large scale society to totalitarian systems.

Author: William Kornhauser

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ISBN: 0710033923

Category: Democracy

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""The Politics of Mass Society"" explores the social conditions necessary for democracy and the vulnerabilities of large scale society to totalitarian systems. Mass movements mobilize people who are alienated from the social system, who do not believe in the legitimacy of the established order, and who are therefore ready to engage in efforts to destroy. Contrary to the psychological approach prevalent in European doctrines of mass movements, Kornhauser persuasively argues that social order is the critical factor. The greatest number of people available to mass movements are located in those.

The Politics of Mass Society

This integrated theory of mass society locates the causes of mass politics in the condition of both elites and non-elites, that is, in the total social structure and especially in the structure of groups intermediate between the state ...

Author: William Kornhauser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351476942

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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The Politics of Mass Society explores the social conditions necessary for democracy and the vulnerabilities of large scale society to totalitarian systems. Mass movements mobilize people who are alienated from the social system, who do not believe in the legitimacy of the established order, and who are therefore ready to engage in efforts to destroy. Contrary to the psychological approach prevalent in European doctrines of mass movements, Kornhauser persuasively argues that social order is the critical factor. The greatest number of people available to mass movements are located in those segments of society that have the fewest ties to social order. The book draws on a wide range of materials--from classical political theory contemporary sociological analysis, historical and intuitional studies, public opinion surveys, and other published and unpublished data. Kornhauser selected political phenomena in organizations, communities, classes, and whole societies. He examined support for communism and fascism in a variety of countries in relation to rates of urbanization and industrialization, employment, and suicide and homicide among other phenomena. In his new introduction, Irving Louis Horowitz identifies Kornhauser's book as a seminal work of the great tradition in political sociology in the mid-twentieth century. Kornhauser points out that modern democratic systems possess a distinct vulnerability to mass movements. He spells out and identifies factors that tend to increase or decrease this vulnerability--not least the health and strength of elites. In this way, the book reveals new clues to the origins and nature of mass political movements. The Politics of Mass Society remains the most complete analytical account of the sociological approach to mass society in advanced industrial societies.

Twentieth Century Mass Society in Britain and the Netherlands

Comparing the British and Dutch experience of mass society in the twentieth century, this book considers five major areas: politics, welfare, media, leisure and youth culture.

Author: Bob Moore

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781845205256

Category: History

Page: 193

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From the beginning of the nineteenth century, Western Europe witnessed the emergence of a 'mass' society. Grand social processes, such as urbanization, industrialization and democratization, blurred the previous sharp distinctions that had divided society. This massive transformation is central to our understanding of modern society. Comparing the British and Dutch experience of mass society in the twentieth century, this book considers five major areas: politics, welfare, media, leisure and youth culture. In each section, two well-known specialists - one from each country - examine the conditions behind the rise of a mass society, and show how these conditions were distinctively British or Dutch. Drawing on history, cultural studies and sociology, the authors bring new insight into the development of modern European society.

Mass Society

THE MASS, THE MOB AND THE DECOMPOSITION OF SOCIETY The political aspect of the mass society outlook has been the earliest to develop into a relatively autonomous field of speculation and enquiry. This was quite inevitable, ...

Author: Salvador Giner

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9781483261188

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Mass Society deals with the total outlook of human including modern politics culture, social inequality, community life, and problems. The book reviews the history of democracy and discontent. The text analyzes the mob rule, the disenchantment of progress, and the history of democracy. Modern sociological theory explains the opposition of two extreme societal models to describe the historical dynamics of mankind. The book is an attempt to explain that a mass society outlook exists and has some inner coherence and distinctive quality. The author argues that such outlook or theory is a prominent feature in the cultural imagination of man, and that modern secular society cannot be understood without such theory. The author then proceeds to identify majority with mass, and the identification of human with mass human. This identification will lead to a community vision, though the author argues the growth of a mass interpretation of society has a negative effect on the liberal theory of the individual. The text can be interesting for political science majors, sociologists, psychologists, and economists.

Mass Society Pluralism and Bureaucracy

Engaging the Media : A Case Study of the Politics of Crime and the Media . " Social Justice 20 , no . ... Civil Society and the State : New European Perspectives . London : Verso , 1988 . ... The Politics of Mass Society .

Author: Richard F. Hamilton

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 027596986X

Category: Social Science

Page: 215

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Provides explications and assessment of the theories of mass society, pluralism, and bureaucracy in an effort to determine what is useful about each and to suggest directions for future research.

Interpretations of Fascism

His Politics of Mass Society moves a considerable distance beyond the generalizations to be found in Le Bon, Lederer, Parsons, or Hoffer. While the main thrust of his argument is in the tradition that Fascism is the product of mass ...

Author: Anthony James Gregor

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412826518

Category: Fascism

Page: 281

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Why Democracies Flounder and Fail

The book demonstrates how mass society politics operates, with intermediate institutions of civil society (media, pressure groups, political parties) no longer transmitting the will of the people to government but instead are concerned with ...

Author: Michael Haas

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 3319740695

Category: Political Science

Page: 523

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Democracy is in crisis because voices of the people are ignored due to a politics of mass society. After demonstrating how the French Fourth Republic failed, wherein Singapore’s totalitarianism is a dangerous model, Washington is enmeshed in gridlock, and there is a global democracy deficit, solutions are offered to revitalize democracy as the best form of government. The book demonstrates how mass society politics operates, with intermediate institutions of civil society (media, pressure groups, political parties) no longer transmitting the will of the people to government but instead are concerned with corporate interests and have developed oligarchical mindsets. Rather than micro-remedy bandaids, the author focuses on the need to transform governing philosophies from pragmatic to humanistic solutions.

The Cynical Society

The Cynical Society is a study of the political despair and abdication of (individual) responsibility Goldfarb calls cynicism—a central but unexamined aspect of contemporary American political and social life.

Author: Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226301075

Category: History

Page: 212

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The Cynical Society is a study of the political despair and abdication of (individual) responsibility Goldfarb calls cynicism—a central but unexamined aspect of contemporary American political and social life. Goldfarb reveals with vivid strokes how cynicism undermines our capacity to think about society's strengths and weaknesses. Drawing on thinkers from Alexis de Tocqueville to Allan Bloom and on such recent works as Beloved, Bonfire of the Vanities, and Mississippi Burning, The Cynical Society celebrates cultural pluralism's role in democracy.

The Politics of Petulance

At the heart of Arendt's analysis lay the concept of mass society. “The totalitarian movements,” she wrote, “aim at and succeed in organizing masses— not classes, like the old interest parties of the Continental nation- states; ...

Author: Alan Wolfe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226679112

Category: History

Page: 221

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How did we get into this mess? Every morning, many Americans ask this as, with a cringe, they pick up their phones and look to see what terrible thing President Trump has just said or done. Regardless of what he's complaining about or whom he's attacking, a second question comes hard on the heels of the first: How on earth do we get out of this? Alan Wolfe has an answer. In The Politics of Petulance he argues that the core of our problem isn't Trump himself--it's that we are mired in an age of political immaturity. The good news, such as it is, is that we've been here before. Wolfe reminds us that we know how to grow up and face down Trump and other demagogues. Wolfe reinvigorates the tradition of public engagement exemplified by midcentury intellectuals such as Richard Hofstadter, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Lionel Trilling. Wolfe mounts a powerful case that we can learn from them to forge a new path for political intervention today. --Back cover.

The Politics of Crowds

The pluralism which was implicit in Lederer's position would later form a more explicit concern for William Kornhauser in his investigation The Politics of Mass Society (1960). Kornhauser argued that 'insofar as a society is a mass ...

Author: Christian Borch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107009738

Category: History

Page: 338

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This book analyses sociological discussions on crowds and masses since the late nineteenth century, covering France, Germany and the USA.