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Article: Countering Trump: Toward a Theory of Charismatic Counter-Roles

TitleCountering Trump: Toward a Theory of Charismatic Counter-Roles
Authors
Issue Date2018
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://sf.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Social Forces, 2018, v. 97 n. 2, p. 921-944 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article conducts a negative reading of Weber’s ideal type of charismatic authority, seeking to anticipate and discern hidden social interactants that are implicated in his descriptions of charismatic social processes. In so doing, this article advances the “charismatic counter-role” as an umbrella term that captures the performative bearing of a variety of actors on processes of charismatic interaction. Specifically, in addition to devoted followers (already much discussed in the literature), this typology contains unworthy challengers (competitors who fall short when judged by the new terms of legitimacy that the charismatic leader creatively establishes); and colossal players (interlocutors that are appropriately “to scale” for highlighting the extraordinary missions to which the charismatic leader aspires). Together, these charismatic counter-roles interact in ways that comprise a charismatic social system that gives a better account than has heretofore been available for the unstoppable momentum of charismatic challenges. Using the “Trump phenomenon” of 2015–2016 as its empirical source, and employing analytical tools from symbolic interactionist and performative approaches to social theory, this article has implications for future studies of how charisma destabilizes traditional and/or rational-legal social orders.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/270208
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2017 Impact Factor: 2.156
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.530
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dc.contributor.authorJoosse, JP-
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-22T08:15:49Z-
dc.date.available2019-05-22T08:15:49Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Forces, 2018, v. 97 n. 2, p. 921-944-
dc.identifier.issn0037-7732-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/270208-
dc.description.abstractThis article conducts a negative reading of Weber’s ideal type of charismatic authority, seeking to anticipate and discern hidden social interactants that are implicated in his descriptions of charismatic social processes. In so doing, this article advances the “charismatic counter-role” as an umbrella term that captures the performative bearing of a variety of actors on processes of charismatic interaction. Specifically, in addition to devoted followers (already much discussed in the literature), this typology contains unworthy challengers (competitors who fall short when judged by the new terms of legitimacy that the charismatic leader creatively establishes); and colossal players (interlocutors that are appropriately “to scale” for highlighting the extraordinary missions to which the charismatic leader aspires). Together, these charismatic counter-roles interact in ways that comprise a charismatic social system that gives a better account than has heretofore been available for the unstoppable momentum of charismatic challenges. Using the “Trump phenomenon” of 2015–2016 as its empirical source, and employing analytical tools from symbolic interactionist and performative approaches to social theory, this article has implications for future studies of how charisma destabilizes traditional and/or rational-legal social orders.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://sf.oxfordjournals.org/-
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dc.rightsThis is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Social Forces following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Social Forces, 2018, v. 97 n. 2, p. 921-944 is available online at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/sf/soy036-
dc.titleCountering Trump: Toward a Theory of Charismatic Counter-Roles-
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dc.identifier.emailJoosse, JP: pjoosse@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/sf/soy036-
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dc.identifier.volume97-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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