Introduction to Collective Behavior

What you’ll learn to do: describe the causes and development of collective behavior

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This section will examine collective behavior and differentiate between the three different forms of collective behavior: crowd, mass, and public. You will learn that the relationship between individuals and reasons for assembling are important to distinguishing between collective behavior and collective action. You will then learn the three main sociological theories on collective behavior, each of which provides an analysis of how and why crowd behavior can turn into collective behavior.


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