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Caesarism, Charisma and Fate

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How do writers, marginalized by the authoritarian state in which they live, intervene in the political process? They cannot do so... Weiterlesen
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Zusammenfassung How do writers, marginalized by the authoritarian state in which they live, intervene in the political process? They cannot do so directly because they are not politicians. Other modes of engagement are possible, however. A writer may take up arms and become a revolutionary. Or, as Max Weber did, he may try to influence politics by playing the role of constitutional advisor, or by seeking to shape the dominant language in which his contemporaries think. Weber sought to reconstitute the political and social vocabulary of his day. Part I of Caesarism, Charisma and Fate examines a great writer's political passions and the linguistic creativity they generated. Specially, it is an analysis of the manner in which Weber reshaped the nineteenth century idea of "Caesarism," a term traditionally associated with the authoritarian populism of Napoleon III and Bismarck, and transmuted it into a concept that was either neutral or positive. The coup de grace of this alchemy was to make Caesarism reappear as charisma. In that transformation, a highly contentious political concept, suffused with disapproval and anxiety, was naturalized into an ideal type of universal value-free sociology. Part II augments Weber's ideas for the modem age. A recurrent preoccupation of Weber's writings was human "fate," a condition that evokes the pathos of choice, the political meaning of death, and the formation of national solidarity. Peter Baehr, marrying Weber and Durkheim, fashions a new concept, "community of fate," for sociological theory. Communities of fate--such as the Warsaw Ghetto or Hong Kong dealing with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis--are embattled social sites in which people face the prospect of collective death. They cohere because of an intense and broadly shared focus of attention on a common plight. Weber's work helps us grasp the nature of such communities, the mechanisms that produce them, and, not least, their dramatic consequences. Inhaltsverzeichnis Preface 1. Introduction Part 1: From Caesarism to Charisma 2. Political Republicanism and the Advent of Caesarism 3. Caesarism and Charisma: From German Politics to Universal Sociology Part 2: Fate and Fate Communities 4. Fate 5. Communities of Fate and the SARS Emergency in Hong Kong 6. Concluding Remarks Appendix: Caesar in America Bibliography Index ...

Autorentext

Peter Baehr is professor and head of the department of sociology and social policy at Lingnan University (Hong Kong) as well as a fellow of the Center for Asian Pacific Studies. His books include Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences: Critical Encounters; Founders, Classics, Canons: Modern Disputes on the Origins and Appraisal of Sociology's Heritage; and Caesar and the Fading of the Roman World: A Study in Republicanism and Caesarism.

Inhalt

Preface
1. Introduction
Part 1: From Caesarism to Charisma
2. Political Republicanism and the Advent of Caesarism
3. Caesarism and Charisma: From German Politics to
Universal Sociology
Part 2: Fate and Fate Communities
4. Fate
5. Communities of Fate and the SARS Emergency
in Hong Kong
6. Concluding Remarks
Appendix: Caesar in America
Bibliography
Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Caesarism, Charisma and Fate
Untertitel: Historical Sources and Modern Resonances in the Work of Max Weber
Editor:
EAN: 9781412808132
ISBN: 978-1-4128-0813-2
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Taylor and Francis
Genre: Soziologie
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Gewicht: 526g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm
Jahr: 2008

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