Category Archives: Tribes

The Time of the Tribes: The Decline of Individualism in Mass Society

In this provocative book, Michel Maffesoli explores the persistence and the centrality of an affective, solidary space of sociality that emerges from the small-group contexts of everyday life …  with fruitful questions for those studying civil society, community or “new … Continue reading

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Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us), and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern life has thrust the world’s tribes into a shared space, creating conflicts of interest … Continue reading

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El Tiempo de las Tribus – El ocaso del Individualismo en las Sociedades Posmodernas

La realidad del tribalismo está presente, deslumbrante, para bien y para mal. Realidad ineludible que no se encuentra  limitada a una zona geográfica particular. Sin embargo, todavía hace falta pensarla. Es a esto a lo que quiere dedicarse el libro … Continue reading

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Tribalism, Groupism, Globalism

For all the talk about a world without borders and ever more interconnectedness, one fundamental human trait has not lost any of its power: the penchant of humankind to organize itself in tribes. People must have a tribe. It gives … Continue reading

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Humans, Like Ants, Need a Tribe

Everyone, no exception, must have a tribe, an alliance with which to jockey for power and territory, to demonize the enemy, to organize rallies and raise flags. And so it has ever been. In ancient history and prehistory, tribes gave … Continue reading

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The Power of Tribes

What many people do not yet realize is that as the old economy weakens a new one is emerging in lockstep. The five pillars of a capitalist economy are being replicated in the social media movement: Let me start in … Continue reading

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