Becoming a God: Max Weber and the social construction of charisma

  title={Becoming a God: Max Weber and the social construction of charisma},
  author={Paul Joosse},
  journal={Journal of Classical Sociology},
  pages={266 - 283}
  • P. Joosse
  • Published 10 June 2014
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Classical Sociology
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