• anonymous
What Weber does mean by "charisma" ?
Introduction to Sociology - NYU Open Education
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The satisfaction of all demands that go beyond those of everyday economic rou­ tine has had, by and large, an entirely dif­ ferent foundation, a charismatic one, and the further back we look in history, the more we find this to be so. This means that the 'natural' leaders -- in times of psy­ chic, physical, economic, ethical, religious, political distress -- have been neither of­ ficeholders nor practitioners of an 'occu­ pation' in the present sense of the word, that is, men who have acquired expert knowledge and who serve for remunera­ tion. The natural leaders in stressful times have been deemed possessors of particu­ lar physical and spiritual gifts, which were believed to be supernatural, not accessible to everybody. The concept of 'charisma' is here used in a completely 'value-neutral' sense.

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