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Collective behavior?
activity involving a large number of people that is unplanned, often controversial, and sometimes dangerous.
collectivity?
a large number of people whose minimal interaction occurs in the absence of well-defined and conventional norms.
crowd?
a temporary gathering of people who share a common focus of attention and who influence one another.
mob?
a highly emotional crowd that pursues a violent or destructive goal.
riot?
a social eruption that is highly emotional, violent, and undirected.
mass behavior?
collective behavior among people spread over a wide geographic area.
rumor?
unconfirmed information that people spread informally, often by word of mouth.
gossip?
rumor about people's personal affairs.
public opinion?
widespread attitudes about controversial issues.
propaganda?
information presented with the intention of shaping public opinion.
fashion?
a social pattern favored by a large number of people.
fad?
an unconventional social pattern that people embrace briefly but enthusiastically.
panic?
a form of collective behavior in which people in one place react to at threat or other stimulus with irrational, frantic, and often self-destructive behavior.
mass hysteria (moral panic)
a form of dispersed collective behavior in which people react to a real or imagined event with irrational and even frantic fear.
disaster?
an event, generally unexpected, that causes extensive harm to people and damage to property.
social movement?
an organized activity that encourages or discourages social change.
claims making?
the process of trying to convince the public and public officials of the importance of joining a social movement to address a particular issue.
relative deprivation?
a perceived disadvantages arising from some specific comparison.