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Virtuosity, Charisma and Social Order
A Comparative Sociological Study of Monasticism in Theravada Buddhism and Medieval Catholicism


Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521021371

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  • 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.

    • Latest title in the groundbreaking Cultural and Social Studies series
    • Highly original comparative study of a topical subject
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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521021371
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.402kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Virtuosi and Society: Elements of Macrosociological Approach:
    1. The Weberian legacy
    2. Monasticism and social order: a multidimensional perspective: Part II. Virtuosi asnd Society in Theravada Buddhism:
    3. Ideological groundings: hierarchy and ritualized exchange
    4. Virtuosity institutionalized
    The Sangha in Social Context
    5. Virtuoso radicalism: the triumph of a syndrome
    Part III. Virtuosi and Society in Medieval Catholicism:
    6. Ideological groundings: plurality and conditional exchange
    7. Virtuosity institutionalized: monasticism in social context
    8. Virtuoso radicalism: a self-defeating triumph
    Part IV. Virtuosity, Charisma and Social Order:
    9. Virtuosity and the virtuoso-society syndrome
    10. The virtuoso syndrome in comparative historical perspective

  • Author

    Ilana Friedrich Silber

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