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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Swarming and crime

I came across the abstract of Swarming and the Social Dynamics of Group Violence :
"Swarming, a dynamic of group formation or group behavior may be organized or spontaneous; it may engender or be associated with violence, or it may not. Types of swarming include: raves, flash mobs, youth gangs, riots, mobs, and gatecrashers. The rituals of group violence relate the rules of engagement of violence. In the context of a large crowd, the rules become less defined. It is implied in this paper that the nature of the group and of group behavior gives rise to or heavily influences the occurrence of violence. The crowd becomes the social vehicle through which the desired collective violence could occur. However, not all forms of collective violence are the same."

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