Charisma and Abdication: A Study of the Leadership of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

  title={Charisma and Abdication: A Study of the Leadership of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh},
  author={Susan J. Palmer},
  journal={Sociology of Religion},
  • S. Palmer
  • Published 20 June 1988
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Religion
This study attempts to apply Roy Wallis 'model of a charismatic leader's four responses to institutionalization to the career of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, founder of a new religious movement. After outlining seven phases of Rajneesh's career which can be interpreted as different strategic responses to institutionalization, the conclusion is drawn that Wallis' model oversimplifies the relationship between charisma and institutionalization and is inadequate as a tool to explain the behavior of this… 

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