Virtuosity, Charisma and Social Order
by Ilana Friedrich Silber (9780521021371)

Virtuosity, Charisma and Social Order
Ilana Friedrich Silber
Release Date: 20 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 264
Category: Social & Cultural Aspects
ISBN: 9780521021371
ISBN-10: 0521021375

This book is a comparative macrosociological study of the interaction between religious virtuosi and society in two civilizations: traditional Theravada Buddhism and Medieval Catholicism. Merging Weberian sociology with the Maussian tradition of gift-analysis, and criticizing the neglect of meaning in current comparative historical sociology, the author also argues the need for a multidimensional approach capable of addressing the part played by religious orientations in shaping the institutional strength and ideological power of religious elites in the historical framework of the Great Traditions.

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