Individui, masse e poteri, oggi

  • Leonard Mazzone Università degli Studi di Firenza


The article reviews the main aspects of the research led by Elias Canetti in Crowds and Power. By analyzing the meanings of the images of his life’s work” [Lebenswerk], the article tries to demonstrate the relevance of its categories for a critical diagnosis of the present. Beyond “grabbing the twentieth century by the throat” by showing the hunting dynamics between individuals, crowds and power, the categories introduced by Canetti in his most important book
can be updated in order to understand the predatory relations among humans in
contemporary societies. For this reason, the last part of the article will be focused on the main transformations that have occurred in the collective and individual processes of domestication in contemporary societies: the final paragraph analyzes the latest developments of the baiting and double crowds of war in western democracies together with the spreading of the “secret
strategy of commands” inside and outside contemporary workplaces. Finally, the article will examine the possibility of social transformation embodied in today’s flight and prohibition crowds.


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Biografia dell'Autore

Leonard Mazzone, Università degli Studi di Firenza

Leonard Mazzone is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Florence, where he is working on a project titled The New Spirit of Democracy. Social Critique versus Political Hypocrisy. He has published a part of his Ph.D. dissertation about the works of Elias Canetti in two books entitled Il principio possibilità. Masse, potere e metamorfosi nell’opera di Elias Canetti (Rosenbergh & Sellier, 2017) and
Introduzione a Elias Canetti. La scrittura come professione (Orthotes, 2017) His main research interests concern political and social philosophy, especially issues related to political hypocrisy, social critique and theories of justice, as testified by his previous book (Una teoria negativa della giustizia, 2014) and by his many articles, published in Italian and international reviews.