(noun) A temporary collection of people in close proximity to each other, that interact and influence each other, while sharing immediate common interest or goal.
Example: Fans at a baseball game.
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- Plural: crowds
- Assembling perspective is a theory that contends crowds display collective behavior and individuals within the crowd are rational thinkers.
- Crowds are a form of collective behavior.
- The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind by Gustave Le Bon (1841-1931) was early sociological work examining crowd psychology.
- Word origin of “crowd” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- Le Bon, Gustave. 1895. The crowd; a study of the popular-mind.
- Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library – Le Bon, Gustave. The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
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How to Cite the Definition of Crowd
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “crowd.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/crowd/).
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crowd. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/crowd/
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