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Human Beings in Crowds and Masses

1. ‘Mass,’ like ‘crowd,’ means first of all a multitude of persons. ‘Mass,’ however, goes beyond ‘crowd,’ and denotes a ‘perceptual’ form of crowd, special from without as from within: a multitude arising and understood politically, religiously, or aesthetically, as an independent social condition of aggregate. This aggre…

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Mohr, Hubert, “Masses”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 25 March 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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