Title

Charisma

Document Type

Dictionary entry

Source Publication

The Blackwell dictionary of modern social thought

Publication Date

1-1-2003

First Page

67

Last Page

69

Publisher

Blackwell Publishers

Abstract

Today ‘charisma’ is mostly employed to describe a heroic or extraordinary quality of an individual person, but the term's history is curious and complex. From obscure beginnings in early Christian usage, where it meant ‘the gift of grace’, charisma is now a popular catchword among journalists and lay people alike. Its twentieth-first-century connotations, and the debate it has occasioned, are inseparable from the thought of Max Weber (1864–1920).

Publisher Statement

Copyright ©2003 Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

Additional Information

2nd ed.

ISBN of the source publication: 9780631221647

Recommended Citation

Bryman, A., & Baehr, P. (2003). Charisma. In W. Outhwaite (Ed.), The Blackwell dictionary of modern social thought (2nd ed.) (pp. 67-69). United States: Blackwell Publishers.

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