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  • Crowds : ethnographic encounters


  • "What exactly is a crowd? How do crowds differ from other large gatherings of people? And how do they transform people's emotions, politics, or faith? In Crowds: Ethnographic Encounters, ten ethnographers draw on their experiences and expertise to reflect on encounters with crowds. Each author examines a particular crowd or conception of crowdedness to provide an analysis of how, when, where - and with whom - crowds form in different contexts, as well as their purpose and the practical effect the experience has on both the participants and their environment. The wide selection of case studies ranges from the crowds that form every year during the Hajj, to New Year celebrations in China, commuters on the Delhi metro, public prayer in Nigeria, online mobs in Bangladesh, and the crowds that have emerged during protest movements in Thailand and Syria. Crowds makes a key contribution to establishing an anthropological theory of crowds and will be an essential read for both students and researchers"-- Provided by publisher.


  • Steffen, Megan, editor

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  • London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.


  • The Syrian revolution : crowds, the political field, the political subject / John Borneman -- The disappearance of the crowd and the rise of dissent in Thailand / Tyrell Haberkorn -- Spectacles of piety : prayer and the politics of mass arousal in Democratic Nigeria / Ebenezer Obadare -- Crowds and transformations : on the pious crowds of the Hajj / Abdellah Hammoudi -- "Too many people" : crowds and cliques in contemporary China / Megan Steffen -- Regarding others : metro crowds, metro publics, metro mobs / Rashmi Sadana -- Emotional entrainment in crowds and other social formations / Douglas Hollan -- Enduring crowds : the ritual molding of the anthropos in the prolonging of political protest / Bjørn Thomassen -- The ethics of the digital : crowds and popular justice in Bangladesh / Nusrat Sabina Chowdhury -- Death on the bund : crowd control and the Chinese dream in Shanghai / Scott Moskowitz.


  • -  Crowds--Case studies


  • -  Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • -  Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher.


  • 1 online resource

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  • HM871

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  • 2019980306

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  • epub

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Steffen, Meganitor, editor. Crowds: Ethnographic Encounters. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020. Image.

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Steffen, Meganitor, editor. Crowds: Ethnographic Encounters. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.