Title

Crowded

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Art History

First Advisor

Katherine Hauser

Abstract

Crowding occurs everyday in modem life - people gathering for an event, traffic on the way to work or school, too many bodies crammed into one place. Since the onset of industrialization and urbanization in the late nineteenth century, crowding has become a common urban phenomenon. Crowds can cause claustrophobia, loss of individual identity, loneliness, and a feeling of being overwhelmed. However, they can also prompt jubilation and create a sense of community. At times, crowds can elicit a paradoxical combination of responses ranging from frightening to thrilling.

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