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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052


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The Phenomenon of the Crowd in Russian Psychology: V.K. Sluchevsky's Concept 1973


Gorbatov D.S.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor of Chair of Management Mass Communications, Faculty of Applied Communications, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia

The article describes the concept of the crowd proposed by a Russian lawyer and public figure V.K. Sluchevsky (1893). It focuses on its principal differences from other concepts of this initial period and reveals the moral potential of Sluchevsky's views in psychology. Among the issues that were of particular interest to the author of one of the first concepts of spontaneous groups were the specifics of the crowd as a social association, features of the crowd, factors of its formation, changes in personality of individuals, and problems concerning the prevention and punishment of mass crimes.

Keywords: crowd, V.K. Sluchevsky's concept of crowd, features of a crowd, influence on personality, mass aggression, resisting mass aggression

Column: Theoretical Research


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