Tag: Crowded Sovereignty

The Infinity of the Silent Strike

Concluding this first tranche of essays on the crowd, Illan looks at the ‘catastrophe’ and infinity of the general strike.We know from Burke that it is the noise of the crowd or throng which leads to the expe­ri­ence of the sub­lime. The cacoph­ony of the many, gath­ered in their dis­charged state, draws us like a…

Civilisation & the Savage Crowd

Our series on crowds continues, in connection with the Crowded Sovereignty Project, with a reflection on Le Bon’s racialisation of the crowd.Any­one famil­iar with ‘crowd the­ory’ will have been told repeat­edly that Gus­tave Le Bon is an ori­gin. This asser­tion is quickly masked by obfus­ca­tion. He is not a first, of course, pre­ceded by the his­to­rian…

The Open Crowd & The Kettle

Elias Canetti’s Crowds and Power pro­vides a use­ful start­ing point for this project. In it, he iden­ti­fies a wide num­ber of dif­fer­ent crowds. They are deter­mined by the tem­po­ral­ity of their aims, the space in which they man­i­fest them­selves, the ori­en­ta­tion of their activ­ity, the man­ner in which their togeth­er­ness is con­ceived. In fact, the axes of…

About ‘Crowded Sovereignty’

We are delighted to be launching the new website Crowded Sovereignty, and over the next few days we will be publishing the first three installments of this investigation of crowds, sovereignty, law and disorder.The crowd is not a technology or a subject of sovereignty. It is neither the ‘agent’ who could take, create or destroy…