Hollin, GJS and Giraud, EHS (2016) Charisma and the clinic. Social Theory and Health. ISSN 1477-822X

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Here we argue that ‘charisma’, a concept widely taken up within geography and the environmental humanities, is of utility to the social studies of medicine. Charisma, we suggest, draws attention to the affective dimensions of medical work, the ways in which these affective relations are structured, and the manner in which they are intimately tied to particular material-discursive contexts. The paper differentiates this notion of charisma from Weber’s analyses of the ‘charismatic leader’ before detailing three forms of charisma - ecological (which relates to the affordances an entity has), corporeal (related to bodily interaction) and aesthetic (pertaining to an entity’s initial visual and emotional impact). Drawing on interview data we then show how this framework can be used to understand the manner in which psychologists and neuroscientists have come to see and act on autism. We conclude the article by suggesting that examining charisma within healthcare settings furthers the concept, in particular by drawing attention to the discursive features of ecologies and the ‘non-innocence’ of charisma.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Social Theory and Health. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41285-016-0023-0
Uncontrolled Keywords: Weber, charisma, affect, posthumanism, autism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 08:16
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 13:31
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2279

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