Charisma and communities of feeling

Uzelac, Gordana (2020) Charisma and communities of feeling. Nations and nationalism, 27 (1). pp. 130-147. ISSN 1469-8129

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Theories of nations and nationalism have serious problems when dealing with the concept of charisma. Besides frequent conceptual confusion, the concept of charisma is predominantly observed from either the structuralist position or the perspective of psychological reductionism. Charisma is so often sought in the properties of an office; within an ideology; character of a leader; or general socio-economic circumstances of an epoch. In the example of the commonly examined case – that of Hitler – this article argues that charisma is a property of experience and it is the emotional reaction of the audience that validates it. This article builds on Erika Fischer-Lichte’s theory of performance to argue that successful performances of charisma create a type of community that is not based solely on common beliefs, but more importantly on shared emotions and experiences. Studying charisma as a property of experience is a step towards understanding the emotional character of nationalism itself

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: charisma; emotions; performance; national movements
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Gordana Uzelac
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2020 09:04
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2021 13:32


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