1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Charisma

Edited By José Pedro Zúquete Copyright 2021
    502 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    502 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Charisma provides an unprecedented multidimensional and multidisciplinary comparative analysis of the phenomenon of charisma – first defined by Max Weber as the irrational bond between deified leader and submissive follower. It includes broad overviews of foundational theories and experiences of charisma and of associated key issues and themes. Contributors include 45 influential international scholars who approach the topic from different disciplinary perspectives and utilize examples from an array of historical and cultural settings. The Handbook presents up-to-date, concise, thought-provoking, innovative, and informative perspectives on charisma as it has been expressed in the past and as it continues to be manifested in the contemporary world by leaders ranging from shamans to presidents. It is designed to be essential reading for all students, researchers, and general readers interested in achieving a comprehensive understanding of the power and potential of charismatic authority in all its varieties, subtleties, dynamics, and current and potential directions.

    Introduction: The Study of Charisma

    José Pedro Zúquete

    Section I: Concepts and Theories

    1. Max Weber and the Sociology of Charisma

    Christopher Adair-Toteff

    2. Émile Durkheim and Charisma

    Philip Smith

    3. Sigmund Freud and Charisma

    Elizabeth Lunbeck

    4. The Anthropology of Charisma

    Charles Lindholm

    Section II: Historical cases

    5. Charismatic Leaders in Ancient Greece

    Joseph Roisman

    6. Charismatic Leadership in Ancient Rome

    Maijastina Kahlos

    7. Fascism

    Roger Eatwell

    8. Maoism and Charismatic Domination

    Matthew D. Johnson

    9. Charisma and Politics in Post-Colonial Africa

    Sishuwa Sishuwa

    10. Charisma in Latin American Politics

    Carlos de la Torre

    Section III: Religion

    11. Charisma and Shamanism

    Eric Michael Kelley

    12. Charisma and Judaism

    David Aberbach

    13. Charisma in Christianity

    Paula Pryce

    14. Constructing Muslim Charisma

    Jonathan E. Brockopp

    15. Charisma in Hinduism

    Amanda Lucia

    16. Charisma in New Religious Movements

    Erin Prophet

    Section IV: Politics

    17. Charisma and Democratic Discourse

    Tom F. Wright

    18. Charisma in Liberal Democracies

    Jean-Claude Monod

    19. Political Charisma and Modern Populism

    Takis S. Pappas

    20. Charismatic Leadership, Ethics, and Politics

    Terry L. Price

    21. Charisma and Toxic Leadership

    Timothy Heppell

    22. Charisma and Revolution: The Key to Max Weber’s Project

    Carl Levy

    Section V: Extremism

    23. Apocalyptic Groups and Charisma of the Cadre

    Rebecca Moore

    24. Sunni Jihadist Charismatic Leadership: The Case of Anwar al-Awlaki (1971-2011)

    Haroro J. Ingram

    Section VI: Management and Business

    25. Charisma in Organizational Studies

    Jay A. Conger

    26. Signaling Charisma

    Nicolas Bastardoz

    27. A Follower-Centric Perspectives on Charismatic Leadership: An Integrative Review and Agenda for Future Research

    Aï Ito, Christine Roland-Levy, Jennifer Harrison and Michelle Bligh

    28. Charisma and Traineeship

    Benjamin Tur

    Section VII: Culture, Media, Entertainment

    29. Charisma and the Arts

    C. Stephen Jaeger

    30. Charisma and the Media

    John Potts

    31. Celebrity and Charisma: Integration and Insurgency

    Eva Giloi

    32. Independence and Charismatic Authority in Popular Music: Just Do It Yourself – DIY

    Trajce Cvetkovski

    33. Hollywood and Charisma

    Kate Fortmueller

    34. Celebrity, Charisma and Post-truth Relations: Agnogenesis, Affect and Bollywood

    Pramod Nayar

    35. Charisma in Sport

    Tim Delaney

    Section VIII: Rising Topics

    36. The Evolutionary Foundations of Charismatic Leadership

    Ronald F. White

    37. Charisma and Gender among Leaders

    Jean Lau Chin

    38. Charisma and the Digital Age: Mass Re-enchantment Online and Networking the New Iron Cage

    Raymond L.M. Lee

    39. Death becomes us! Rethinking Leadership Charisma as a Social Inference

    Kim Peters, Louisa Fink, Niklas K. Steffens, Rolf van Dick and S. Alexander Haslam


    José Pedro Zúquete (1978) is a political scientist whose research focuses mainly on comparative politics, social movements, and nationalism. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is the author of Missionary Politics in Contemporary Europe (2007) and the coauthor (with Charles Lindholm) of The Struggle for the World: Liberation Movements for the 21st Century (2010). Zúquete’s latest book is The Identitarians: The Movement Against Globalism and Islam in Europe (2018).

    "The Routledge Handbook of Charisma is a very valuable contribution to social theory and interdisciplinary scholarship. Chapters helpfully explore the heritage of the concept, examine its place in classical social theory, and show its relevance for contemporary research – all at a high standard."

    Craig Calhoun, University Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University, US

    "An authoritative collection of essays reworking the concept of charisma just in time for its spectacular return to political life globally. But this is not simply a volume that allows us to make sense of populism, comprising, instead, a remarkable range of investigations into the meaning of charisma from across the academic disciplines and around the world."

    Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History, University of Oxford, UK

    "This Handbook is truly a Charisma 2.0 version as designed by the editor. It is quite comprehensive in surveying the fascinating field of charisma from every conceivable angle from its origins to religion to the arts. It should interest scholars from a variety of disciplines and encourage future research."

    Raj Pillai, Professor of Leadership, California State University, San Marcos, US

    "Charisma deconstructed, revitalized and extended in myriad paths with unexpected and energizing results - this Handbook is a landmark in understanding leadership, authority, obedience and the politics of imposture."

    Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology, City, University of London, UK

    "This is a timely and important collection of essays on a timely and important subject. It brings together some of the most incisive commentators on the concept of charisma, who have explored its many different facets in a consistently illuminating manner, while also giving an excellent sense of how scholarly discussions on the subject have evolved since the days of Max Weber."

    David A. Bell, Director of the Davis Center for Historical Studies, Department of History, Princeton University, US

    "This handbook offers the most diverse perspectives on charisma in print today. Authors from around the world examine charisma from many disciplines and in fascinating contexts ranging from apocalypticism to Bollywood. Readers will be delight in discovering the insights and charm of this book on charisma."

    Joanne B. Ciulla, Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School, US