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Suggestions for a redefinition of charisma

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2008) Suggestions for a redefinition of charisma. Nova Religio, 12 (2). pp. 90-105. ISSN 1092-6690

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Identification Number: 10.1525/nr.2008.12.2.90


This special issue examines charisma in the Chinese world and shows that the concept is applicable in a non-European-derived religious context. At the same time, these studies have required certain distinctions and emphases in defining what charisma is. In this they contribute to its general analysis. This article draws out their contribution by placing them within general sociological developments of Weber's original idea, linking political with religious charisma. It ends with a programmatic statement of what these Chinese studies show to be fruitful ways of describing and analyzing modern charisma in general, and concludes with a normative question, contrasting good charisma, which is accountable, with bad charisma

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Additional Information: © 2008 University of California Press
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2011 12:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:46

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