Angst and the Masses: Collective Behavior Research in Germany

August 1986 (VOL. 4, NO. 2)

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This article reviews the study of mass behavior (known as collective behavior in America) in Germany. The historical scope of this review is approximately one hundred years beginning with a discussion of the works of Marx, Weber, Tonnies and Simmel. This discussion is followed by an analysis of how the study of mass behavior dealt with the rise and after-match of National Socialism. Finally the collective behavior research which has been done in the post war period is reviewed ending with a brief description of the work being done in the subspeciality of the Sociology of Disasters.