Angst and the Masses: Collective Behavior Research in Germany
August 1986 (VOL. 4, NO. 2)
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.