History of Charisma Hardback

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History of Charisma

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Charisma is a widely used term in contemporary western culture, referring to a special innate quality of certain individuals. Yet 'charisma' has meant different things since the word was first used in the first century. This book traces the history of charisma - and the various meanings assigned to it -- from the first century to the twenty-first. The early chapters of the book chart the origin of charisma as a Christian concept meaning 'spiritual gift'. The second half of the book follows the re-invention of charisma as a form of authority by the sociologist Max Weber in the early twentieth century, and the ways in which Weber's concept of charisma has been popularised and adapted. The relationship between charisma and celebrity is closely examined. The book concludes with a study of the 2008 US Presidential campaign, in which Barack Obama was frequently described as a charismatic political candidate. This book explores the shifting cultural role of charisma over two millennia, paying close attention to the relationship between the religious and secular meanings of the term.It considers how much of the word's original religious meaning persists in the contemporary secular understanding of charisma.

History of Charisma by John Potts was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2009. The ISBN for History of Charisma is 9780230551534.

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Details for History of Charisma

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (September 2009)
Number of Pages280
Thickness24 mm
Height223 mm
Width144 mm
Product Code3784072
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