Works[edit]. Social Control (); Sin and Society (); Social Psychology ( ); The Changing Chinese (); Changing America (). EDWARD ALSWORTH ROSS (Dec. 12, – July 22, ), sociologist and writer, was born in Virden, Illinois, the son of William Carpenter Ross, a farmer. Edward Alsworth Ross (December 12, – July 22, ) was a progressive, eugenist, author, and professor at several universities, and.

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We were unable to locate a edition of Ross’s Social Psychology. The edition makes no reference to revision to the text so they may be identical. Published in the same year as McDougall’s Introduction to Social Psychologythe two books are often and erroneously referred to as first so entitled.

However, they were the most influential textbooks over their first ten years. Social psychology treats of planes and currents.

Edward A. Ross | American sociologist |

Relation of social psychology to sociology proper. A common environment or experience does not produce social planes. Race traits are not social planes. Such planes arise from interactions. Social psychology explains both society and the individual. How planes of alswprth regarding slavery formed.

Factors in the formation of religious planes. The higher psychic growths imply association. Much of one’s mental content comes from others. Suggestibility in relation to age, temperament and sex. Women more suggestible than men. In the normal state indirect suggestion succeeds best. Effect of fasting ; of fatigue and hysteria. Theory of hypnotic phenomena. Normal and abnormal suggestibility.

Source of suggestion -prestige. Traits of the born leader. Individuality and voluntary movement. Wilting of the self in the crowd. The psychic process in the crowd.


The Kentucky Revival; its psychology. Why the crowd cannot last. Instability, credulity, irrationality, simplicity, and non-morality of the crowd. It is the lowest form of association. How deliberative assemblies escape. Mob mind in city dwellers; its bearing on booms and panics. Comparison of city and country in respect to crowd phenomena. Differences between crowd and public. Ours the era of publics. Craze and fad as symptoms of mob mind.

Theory of the craze. edwsrd

Socio-psychic phenomena in the early Church. Mental epidemics in America: Millerism; the Women’s Crusade; Mrs.

Financial crazes; the tulip mania.

Edward Alsworth Ross: Social Psychology: Table of Contents

The laws of crazes. Theory of the fad; Faddism vs. Why fads flourish nowadays. Need of building up individuality. How to become crank-proof. Wlsworth influence of the classic. The influence of sane teachers. Avoidance of the sensational newspaper. Sport trains to inhibition. Stability of the country-bred.

Sobering effect of ownership. Voluntary association disciplines men. Intellectual self-possession as an ideal. Pride or love as moral mainspring.

Avoidance of yellow religion. Outward conformity and inward conformity. The passion for self-individualization. Its persistence in American society. Democracy does not exclude inequality. The two movements in the fashion process. The shackling of competitive consumption; the disappearance of sumptuary laws. Acceleration of the fashion process in a commercialized democracy. Why fashions less stable. The characteristics of modern fashion. The rebellion against fashion and the liberalization of costume.

Conventionality reaches to the very framework of our lives and furnishes postulates for rross thinking.

Laborers accept the upper class stigma on toil; accept the commercial standard of human worth; and of civic worth. We adopt leisure class opinion touching conservativism. Certain standards of beauty originate in leisure class snobbery. Why it is unwomanly for women to use stimulants.


Bodily movements spread readily: The spread of dishes and drinks.

Author:Edward Alsworth Ross

Inflammability of the sex appetite. Feelings easily induced by suggestion; infectiousness of hope, fear, courage, curiosity. Unity more attainable through feelings than through beliefs. Dogma as a religious rallying point. Seductiveness of imaginary characters; the grave responsibility of the Artist. Contagiousness of personal ideals. Sex charm follows the conventional female type; realizing a beauty ideal in the flesh. The radiation of will. Obedience draws other imitations in its wake.

Americanization of the Porto Ricans. Why nothing succeeds like success. Reverential imitation precedes competitive imitation. The spread of ideas precedes the spread of the arts.

Why fundamental beliefs spread the farthest. Edwarc refusal to accept certain bourgeois standards: Merit may mount in defiance of social gravity.

What the superior borrows from the inferior. Why colonists are conservative. Most diffusions, however, obey social gravity. The descent of wants; of culture; of manners and accomplishments; of ideals. Aristocracies the first assimilators of peoples. A edqard aristocracy is progressive and cosmopolitan. Why democracies must foster higher education. Differentiation of the arts and professions. Titular aristocracy as a hindrance to the diffusion of culture; the British nobility.

The power-holder is copied; the Roman Emperor; Rome; monarchs; national imitation of court luxuries and extravagances.