Charisma & Authenticity in Global Politics

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Charisma/Authenticity Glbl Pol
Fall 2022
Taught By: Julia Sonnevend
Section: A

CRN: 14344

Credits: 3

Political scientists have argued that the last thirty years have been marked by an increasing presence of political personalization: we pay more attention to personalities than to institutions, policies or parties. While this is widely accepted, we still know little about how political personalities are constructed in the media. Through the examples of liberal, illiberal, and authoritarian leaders worldwide, this course will analyze charisma, charm and authenticity as “keywords” of contemporary societies and global politics. The traditional quality of "charisma" referred to exceptional, almost divine characteristics and rhetorical performances of male politicians, who were distant from their audiences. In contrast, charm is a magic spell that is both seductive and deceptive, and is built on a leader’s proximity to intended audiences. Politicians now have to appear as “one of us.” With savvy methods, they charm and fuse with their diverse and fragmented audiences on social and legacy media. Without understanding how these seductive personalities rise to power, attract attention in new media, and then often fall out of favor, we cannot grasp the current complex and fragile political times we live in.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:18pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 913
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022