Benign herding behaviors may be frequent in everyday

Posted on Luty 27, 2008


Crowds that gather on behalf of a grievance can involve herding behavior that turns violent, particularly when confronted by an opposing ethnic or racial group. The New York Draft Riots and Tulsa Race Riot are notorious in U.S. history, but those episodes are dwarfed by the scale of violence and death during the Partition of India. Population exchanges between India and Pakistan brought millions of migrating Hindus and Muslims into close proximity; the ensuing violence produced an estimated death toll of between 200,000 and one million. The idea of a „group mind” or „mob behavior” was put forward by the French social psychologists Gabriel Tarde and Gustav Le Bon.

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