Charisma and Ritual: Social Distance and Proximity



This chapter explores the role of social proximity and distance during public ritual in the strengthening and reinforcing of charismatic power and the alteration of these practices with the sacred and profane. Several theorists have contended that a leader’s social distance from followers influences their perception of the leader and, consequently, determines the attribution of charisma. In this context, public rituals—through conscious acts of distancing and conscious allowances of proximity—were an important means of generating and sustaining charismatic power.


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  1. 1.Asian University for WomenChittagongBangladesh

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