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Sons of Krishna and sons of Bolivar: Charismatic kinship and leadership across India and Venezuela

Michelutti, L; (2013) Sons of Krishna and sons of Bolivar: Charismatic kinship and leadership across India and Venezuela. Focaal , 2013 (67) pp. 19-31. 10.3167/fcl.2013.670102. Green open access

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Abstract

This article uses the analytical tool of divine kinship to explore political charisma across Indian and Venezuelan democratic social revolutions. In both contexts, charismatic elected political leaders build their image of strength and action on a wide repertoire of cultural and religious resources that are legitimated by divine kinship. The juxtaposition of the Indian and Venezuelan political ethnographies shows how charismatic kinship inflects lived understandings of popular sovereignty and opens up spaces for holding personality politics accountable.

Type: Article
Title: Sons of Krishna and sons of Bolivar: Charismatic kinship and leadership across India and Venezuela
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/fcl.2013.670102
Publisher version: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/berghahn/foc...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Catholic Christianity, charisma, leadership, masculinity, political representation, popular Hinduism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10186331
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