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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 a threat or other stimulus with irrational, frantic, and often self-destructive behavior
Mass hysteria
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 importance of joining a social movement to address a particular issue.
Relative Deprivation
A perceived disadvantage arising from some specific comparison
Contagion Theory
Views crowds as anonymous, suggestible, and swayed by rising emotions
Convergence Theory
States that crowd behavior reflects the desires people bring to them
Emergent-norm theory
suggest that crowds develop their own behavior as crowds form