This article introduces Michel Maffesoli’s article ‘From Society to Tribal Communities’, in which he argues that emerging communities, although. The plural person, identifying with a number of tribes and elective affinities based on common tastes, is rediscovering the importance of territory. Neotribalism is a sociological concept which postulates that human beings have evolved to live in tribal society, as opposed to mass society, and thus will naturally form social networks constituting new “tribes”. Sociological theory[edit]. French sociologist Michel Maffesoli was perhaps the first to use the term.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Maffesolk Time of the Tribes: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The Thinking of the Public Square. He contends that mass culture has disintegrated and that today social existence is conducted through fragmented tribal groupings, organized around the catchwords, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This article concerns the sociological concept of neotribalism and not the reemergence of ethnic identities that followed the end of the Cold War.


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In postmodernity, the maffesooli opposition between the individual and society no longer holds, and both concepts have become unstable and fragmented.


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In a way, what we are witnessing is the loss of the individualistic self. Media Theory Open Access Journal. Other editions – View all The Time of the Tribes: Maffesoli, M Le Temps Revient: Scholarly Open Access Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing.

As Maffesoli explains, modernity and the Enlightenment project — which was distinguished from Antiquity — privileged a binary distinction between the individual and society, and a view of the individual as rational, contractual and Cartesian.

Although its categories and institutions continue to play a part, they are no longer dominant or as significant for understanding the contemporary tribew. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Less of an individual and more of a person, the self becomes fragmented and unstable — Maffesoli discusses the breakdown in gender and sexuality binaries and the rise of trans- or meta- categories among the examples of this — and a person becomes the amalgam of the roles they play within their tribes, rather than a Cartesian individual.

Nevertheless, the French-language sociological, political and journalistic discourse with which Maffesoli is in dialogue continues, he argues, to depend on a modern view of the individual and society, and on what are now outdated concepts and false assumptions. They are, however, far removed from a form of communitarianism that Maffesoli reduces to communities of difference and non-integration, and are instead based on indifferentiation Tester, For him, the neo- tribal community is a postmodern concept that replaces the modern distinction between individual and society, while remaining distinct from a communitarian ethic, and which has its roots in pre-modernity.


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Article: Introduction to Michel Maffesoli’s ‘From Society to Tribal Communities’

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Data has pointed to a general breakdown in the social structure of modern civilization due to more frequent moves for economic reasonslonger commutes and a lack of emphasis in the media narrative on the desirability of strong friendships and community bonds. These neo-tribes — or pseudo-tribes — are determined as much by space and locality as the archaic versions, but more by transitivity and questions of taste, and embedded in the rituals and performances of everyday life.

Arguing that there has been a fragmentation of both the individual and the society envisaged by modernity, he proposes that postmodern tribalism with its roots in pre-modernity has replaced modern categories.

Views Read Edit View history. News Media Theory, History and Regulation. Selected pages Title Page. This new individualism is not necessarily irrational, but it is rooted more in taste and everyday life as the individual tears itself away from traditionally modern adherences.