This important, pioneering book collates our knowledge of large groups, both at a theoretical and practical level. Thirteen distinguished contributors offer experiences from a wide range of disciplines and settings. Roughly half the chapters are psychoanalytic in their orientation; other contributions derive from general psychiatry, sociology, anthropology and industrial psychology.The place of large-group therapy is still to be defined, but it is hoped that this book will contribute to the careful and detailed assessment that is necessary to fulfill its evaluation.
Introduction, 1 . Problems o f the large group from a group-analytic point of view, 2. Some psychodynamics of large groups 3. Threats to identity in the large group 4. The politics of large groups 5. A sociological view of large groups 6. The large group as a medium for sociotherapy, 7. Psychotherapy in the large group 8. The large group in training 9. Large groups in natural settings - an anthropological view 10. Large groups in industry, Conclusion.