Titre : Charisma
Éditeur : Blackwell Pub
Date d'édition : 1993
Etat du livre : Very Good
1557864535 1557864535 Very Good. (Binding: Soft Cover, Jacket: No Jacket). N° de réf. du libraire 1088578
Synopsis : Charismatic leaders are believed by their followers to have superhuman powers. The faithful are willing to sacrifice everything, including themselves, for the sake of this leader. How can we understand this seemingly irrational phenomenon? Using a number of perspectives that take into account group dynamics, individual character, and the social milieu, this book argues that charismatic involvement is a deeply embedded potential for all human beings. The theory is tested through specific cases: Hitler's Germany; Manson's Family; Jonestown; and the experience of Shamanism in non-Western societies. The book concludes with a discussion of alternatives to charisma in modern society, focusing especially on romantic love, and considers the form future charismatic movements may take.
Critique: "A highly original and challenging account of the centrality of charisma in social life and of some of its possible forms." Times Higher Education Supplement
"Persuasively argued ... Charisma is two exciting books in one. To do justice in a short review to its intellectual challenge and its penetrating critique of postmodernist society is impossible ... Excellent ... A stimulating intellectual performance forcing one to think. We need more books like it." American Anthropologist
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