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What Spreads? From Memes and Crowds to the Phantom Events of Desire and Belief

Tony D. Sampson

in Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816670048
eISBN:
9781452946818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816670048.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explains the two logics of resemblance and repetition that are attributed to the premise “what spreads through a social network.” The first logic implies that cultural contagion is ... More


“The Man on Horseback”: From Military Might to Circus Sports

Kari Weil

in Precarious Partners: Horses and Their Humans in Nineteenth-Century France

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226686233
eISBN:
9780226686400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226686400.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Chapter 6 takes readers to a new kind of circus founded during the 1880s and known as “the aristocratic circus,” where notable men mounted horses and trapezes in a show of bodily strength and ... More


Authority Versus Anarchy: Allegories of the Mass in Sociology and Literature

Stefan Jonsson

in Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164788
eISBN:
9780231535793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164788.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Surveys of crowd psychology tend to dwell first on its French and Italian origins, usually establishing Gustave Le Bon's La psychologie des foules (1895) as the doxa of the discourse. The historical ... More


Patron Saints: (1) The European Tradition of Aristocratic Liberalism

Kenneth Dyson

in Conservative Liberalism, Ordo-liberalism, and the State: Discipling Democracy and the Market

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198854289
eISBN:
9780191888571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854289.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy, Political Theory

This chapter examines the key authors and texts that provided conservative liberalism and Ordo-liberalism with a distinctive aristocratic character: its paternalism, its scepticism about democracy, ... More


The Invention of the Muslim Golden Age: Universal History, the Arabs, Science, and Islam

Marwa Elshakry

in Power and Time: Temporalities in Conflict and the Making of History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226481623
eISBN:
9780226706016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706016.003.0003
Subject:
History, Historiography

The history of science is a history of the world. Or so it began. As both a discourse and a discipline, it started off as the search for the universal history of civilizations. It was an episodic ... More


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