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Article: Max Weber’s Disciples: Theorizing the Charismatic Aristocracy

TitleMax Weber’s Disciples: Theorizing the Charismatic Aristocracy
Authors
KeywordsCharisma
Cultural sociology
Max Weber
Power
Relational sociology
Symbolic interactionism
Issue Date2017
PublisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal201997
Citation
Sociological Theory, 2017, v. 35 n. 4, p. 334-358 How to Cite?
AbstractWhile several studies have explored the interactional dynamics of charismatic power, most have neglected the role of what Weber termed the charismatic aristocracy. This article revives the classical concept to respond to contemporary calls for performative, follower-centric approaches to charisma. Specifically, the charismatic aristocracy is placed at the center of an analysis of a reiterative moment in charismatization: when influential followers generate content for the emerging charismatic persona. In these germinal moments, the dialogical nature of charisma is most clear, precisely because it is then that charismatic leaders often are not themselves confident in their status and can be found responding to instructional cues—indeed following the lead—of those positioning themselves as obsequious followers. Drawing on 10 years of observations, multistage interviews, and media collections, I provide an interactionist account of the charismatic emergence of John de Ruiter, leader of a successful new religious movement. I conclude by tabling a model that conceives of the charismatic aristocracy as an important fulcrum for expectation, affectation, and recognition in charismatic interactions.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/270204
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 2.156
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.188
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dc.contributor.authorJoosse, JP-
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-22T07:56:17Z-
dc.date.available2019-05-22T07:56:17Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationSociological Theory, 2017, v. 35 n. 4, p. 334-358-
dc.identifier.issn0735-2751-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/270204-
dc.description.abstractWhile several studies have explored the interactional dynamics of charismatic power, most have neglected the role of what Weber termed the charismatic aristocracy. This article revives the classical concept to respond to contemporary calls for performative, follower-centric approaches to charisma. Specifically, the charismatic aristocracy is placed at the center of an analysis of a reiterative moment in charismatization: when influential followers generate content for the emerging charismatic persona. In these germinal moments, the dialogical nature of charisma is most clear, precisely because it is then that charismatic leaders often are not themselves confident in their status and can be found responding to instructional cues—indeed following the lead—of those positioning themselves as obsequious followers. Drawing on 10 years of observations, multistage interviews, and media collections, I provide an interactionist account of the charismatic emergence of John de Ruiter, leader of a successful new religious movement. I conclude by tabling a model that conceives of the charismatic aristocracy as an important fulcrum for expectation, affectation, and recognition in charismatic interactions.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal201997-
dc.relation.ispartofSociological Theory-
dc.rightsSociological Theory. Copyright © Sage Publications, Inc.-
dc.subjectCharisma-
dc.subjectCultural sociology-
dc.subjectMax Weber-
dc.subjectPower-
dc.subjectRelational sociology-
dc.subjectSymbolic interactionism-
dc.titleMax Weber’s Disciples: Theorizing the Charismatic Aristocracy-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailJoosse, JP: pjoosse@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0735275117740402-
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dc.identifier.volume35-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage334-
dc.identifier.epage358-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000418867100004-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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