Voitolovsky's theory of crowd: key ideas



The article describes the theory of crowd proposed by L.N. Voitolovsky in 1920s and high- lights its major differences from other theories of that time. The specifics of the crowd as a social association, its disposition towards aggressive behaviour, the changes that the individ- ual undergoes within the crowd, emotional aspects of interactions - these are the issues that were of particular interest to the author of the last crowd theory of the Soviet era.

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Keywords: crowd, social psychology of crowd, Voitolovsky's theory, quality of crowd, influence on personality, emotions of crowd

Journal rubric: Theoretical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Gorbatov D.S. Voitolovsky's theory of crowd: key ideas. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2014. Vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 5–12. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Dmitriy S. Gorbatov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor of Chair of Management Mass Communications, Faculty of Applied Communications, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: gorbatov.rus@gmail.com



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