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NCJ Number: 51486 Find in a Library
Title: CROWDS AND RIOTS - A STUDY IN SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
Author(s): S WRIGHT
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 207
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: BASED ON OBSERVATIONS OF CROWDS AND RIOTS, THIS BOOK ANALYZES SOME OF THE BEHAVIORS WHICH CHARACTERIZE COLLECTIVE ACTIVITIES, FOCUSING ON NONVERBAL INTERACTIONS.
Abstract: THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO DETERMINE HOW CROWD MEMBERS CREATE AND USE FORMS OF NONVERBAL INTERACTIONS AS A MECHANISM FOR COORDINATING AND CONDUCTING COLLECTIVE ACTIVITIES. THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE INVOLVED: (1) TASK ACTIVITIES, WHICH ARE PARTICULAR TO GOALS OR PROBLEMS OF THE OCCASION; AND (2) CROWD ACTIVITIES, WHICH ARE UNIVERSAL TO RECURRENT GOALS OR PROBLEMS OF ANY SITUATION OF COLLECTIVE ASSEMBLY. THIS BOOK IS INTENDED FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR, SPATIAL INTERACTION, FORM AND FORM PERCEPTION, NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION, SOCIAL CONTROL OR DISRUPTION, AND THE PROCESSES BY WHICH SITUATED MEANINGS ARE ASSIGNED TO COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR. IT IS STATED THAT CONCEPTIONS OF SOCIETY'S COMPOSITION BECOMES A REALITY IN CROWDS WHERE THE INTERACTIONS OF PEOPLE REPRESENTING VARIED STATUS, ETHNIC GROUPS, MODES OF DRESS AND DEMEANOR, CULTURAL SIGNS, SOCIAL CLASSES, COMMUNITY ACTIONS, GENERATIONS, LIFESTYLES, SELF-IMAGES, AND CONFLICTING INTERESTS TAKE PLACE. THE RESULTS OF THESE COLLECTIVE INTERACTIONS CAN RANGE FROM THE MUNDANE TO PANICS AND RIOTS. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE INTERPRETATION BY THE PRESS AND POLITICIANS OF RADICAL CROWD DEMONSTRATIONS USUALLY FORMS THAT OF THE PUBLIC, ALTHOUGH IT MAY NOT BE ENTIRELY ACCURATE. THE APPENDICES CONTAIN DETAILS OF THE METHODOLOGY FOLLOWED, IN WHAT WAS PRIMARILY PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION. DESCRIPTIONS OF SYSTEMATIC DATA COLLECTION, CONCEPT FORMATION, THE PROCESS OF HANDLING DEMANDS OF REFLEXIVITY, AND PRAGMATIC SURVIVAL ARE PROVIDED. A BIBLIOGRAPHY, AUTHOR INDEX, SUBJECT INDEX, FOOTNOTES, AND FIGURES ARE INCLUDED. (JCP)
Index Term(s): Civil disorders; Collective violence; Crowd behavior; Crowd control; Riot patterns; Social organization; Social psychology
Note: ONE OF A SERIES OF SOCIOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS BY SAGE PUBLICATIONS
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