Mass Society (Britannica article)

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Bramson, Leon, and Michael S. Schudson. "Mass Society." Encyclopaedia Britannica: Macropaedia. 1974 edn.

Good introd. to the hypothesized effects of mass society that may be the real-world referents in much pessimistic SF using the theme of mechanized societies and individuals. Includes a briefly annotated, selected biblio. of works on mass society from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1835) through the work of contemporary scholars.