I advocate a “culturalist” interpretation of Weber, which runs counter to the dominant “personalist” account. Conventional interpreters, under the sway of theology or mass psychology, misread Weber as a romantic, for whom charisma is primal and undemocratic rule is destiny. This essay offers a counter-reading.
Smith, D.N. (2013), "Charisma disenchanted: Max weber and his critics", Social Theories of History and Histories of Social Theory (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 31), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 3-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0278-1204(2013)0000031001Download as .RIS
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