Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo


  • Luis Gregorio Iglesias Sahagun
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_422


Two general possibilities in relation to “the spectacle” should be distinguished: when something is prepared or arranged to be displayed, and when anything that occurs or appears is worthy of being viewed. In the former, the decision and deliberated actions of a person or group to do something appealing to other people should be highlighted, and, in this case, about it would be called a show or scene. In the latter, the phenomenon or event is unexpected; it simply happens in the surroundings. This type of event or thing is exhibited while it is happening, then and there, in front of an individual, a group, or a collectivity, and it would be described as a spectacular thing or event.

There are numerous examples for both connotations of the word spectacle, but the second type, when something alien to any human grabs the collective attention, will be addressed first. Examples include natural phenomena, such as a meteor, a storm, a raging sea, a heavy snowfall, a sunset,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de QuerétaroQuerétaroMéxico