What is charisma? And how does it generate influence and power? World-renowned sociologist Randall Collins explores these and many other questions in a highly readable exploration of the various forms of charisma and how charisma elevated Jesus, Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Queen Elizabeth, Hitler, Churchill, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Madame Mao Zedong, and others. He explores four types of charisma: frontstage, backstage, success-magic, and reputational charisma. Not everyone has the same kind of charisma and Collin’s identifies important differences and their relations to power. The book exemplifies Collin’s sophisticated micro-sociology in accessible and compelling prose, quietly building subtle matrices of analysis that show how sociology unveils hidden discoveries.
1. Jesus in interaction: the micro-sociology of charisma
2. Playing off networks: becoming Lawrence of Arabia
3. When are women charismatic leaders? Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Madame Mao Zedong
4. Charisma and self-destruction: Marilyn Monroe's networks pulled her apart
5. What is charisma anyway? And how do you get it? Eleanor Roosevelt; Adolf Hitler
Appendix Three micro-sources of power