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By: Max Weber

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 1: The Nature of Charismatic Domination

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The Nature of Charismatic Domination
The nature of charismatic domination
The Essence of Charisma and its Workings

Bureaucracy, like the patriarchal system which is opposed to it in so many ways, is a structure of ‘the everyday’, in the sense that stability is among its most important characteristics. Patriarchal power, above all, is rooted in the supply of the normal, constantly recurring, needs of everyday life and thus has its basis in the economy – indeed, in just those sections of the economy concerned with the supply of normal everyday requirements. The patriarch is the ‘natural leader’ in everyday life. In this respect, bureaucracy is the counterpart of patriarchalism, only expressed in more rational terms. Bureaucracy, moreover, is a permanent structure and is well adapted, with its ...

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