The Criminal Crowd and Other Writings on Mass Society (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library)

The Criminal Crowd and Other Writings on Mass Society (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library)

By: Scipio Sighele (author), Andrew Robbins (translator), Nicoletta Pireddu (editor), Tom Huhn (foreword_author)Hardback

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The Criminal Crowd and Other Writings on Mass Society is the first English collection of writings by Italian jurist, sociologist, cultural and literary critic Scipio Sighele. Sighele is largely responsible for providing post-unification Italy with a new outlook on issues ranging from the blurring line between individual and collective accountability, the role of urbanization in the development of criminality, and the emancipation of women. This work draws a multifaceted portrait of a provocative thinker and public intellectual caught between tradition and modernity during the European fin de si?cle. Containing a comprehensive introduction by the editor, The Criminal Crowd and Other Writings on Mass Society includes Sighele's seminal work, The Criminal Crowd, as well as his formative studies on group behaviour. Nicoletta Pireddu contextualizes Sighele's contribution to the so-called 'age-of crowds, ' from the fierce polemic with his French rivals Gustave LeBon and Gabriel Tarde to the scientific, literary, and cultural developments of his conceptualization of mass behaviours as a legitimate object of psychological investigation into a new century.

About Author

Scipio Sighele (1868-1913) was an Italian sociologist and criminologist. He studied Law at the University of Rome and taught at the Free University of Brussels from 1892 to 1902. Tom Huhn is the chair of the Art History and BFA Visual & Critical Studies Departments at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He received a PhD in Philosophy from Boston University, and has been a visiting professor at Yale University and the University of Graz, Austria. Nicoletta Pireddu (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UCLA; Dottorato, English and American Literatures, Ca' Foscari University, Venice) is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on European literary and cultural relations, intellectual history, critical theories, and translation studies, and has been supported by NEH, Howard Foundation, and Borchard Foundation fellowships. She received the American Association for Italian Studies book prize for Antropologi alla corte della bellezza. Decadenza ed economia simbolica nell'Europa fin de si?cle (2002), the "Mario Soldati" award for criticism, the Georgetown FLL Distinguished Service Award, and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Other books include The Works of Claudio Magris: Temporary Homes, Mobile Identities, European Borders (2015), and English editions of Paolo Mantegazza's works--The Physiology of Love and Other W Andrew Robbins is a PhD candidate in Italian at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and owns an MA in Italian Studies from Georgetown University. His research focuses on intersections of science and culture in early 20th-century Italy.


Acknowledgments Foreword by Tom Huhn Introduction: "Alchemies of the Collective Soul: Scipio Sighele's Crimes and Punishments" By Nicoletta Pireddu A Note on the Texts and their Translations The Criminal Crowd. An Essay on Collective Psychology From The Criminal Couple. A Study in Morbid Psychology From Sectarian Criminality From The Intelligence of the Crowd From The New Woman From Modern Eve From Tragic Literature From In Art and in Science Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781487503185
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 496
  • ID: 9781487503185
  • weight: 940
  • ISBN10: 1487503180

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