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By Thomas Rutten

Realizing how 'contagion' and 'infection' became robust metaphors calls for a old reconstruction of this semantic box within the overdue nineteenth and early twentieth century, while those ideas got a systematic that means. the quantity deals an interdisciplinary method of the cultural heritage of contagionism among clinical bacteriology, the social sciences and literary diversifications. The symbolic implications of 'contagion' and high-profile contagious ailments are addressed, which mark the limits among unwell and fit, well-known and alien, morally natural and impure.

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For every individual is a component of many masses, is bound variously through identification, belongs to manifold mass souls: race, class, religious denomination, political organization, and so forth. Freud’s treatment, however, is devoted exclusively to artificial masses, namely churches and armies. These – and masses in general – share one basic trait: libido. […] shall I attempt to apply the concept of libido, which has served us so well in the study of psychoneuroses, to the explanation of mass psychology […werde ich den Versuch machen, zur Aufklärung der Massenpsychologie den Begriff der Libido zu verwenden, der uns im Studium der Psychoneurosen so gute Dienste geleistet hat].

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