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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The Decline of Individualism in Mass Society. Other editions – View all The Time of the Tribes: Maffesoli, M Le Temps Revient: This article concerns the sociological concept of neotribalism and not the reemergence of ethnic identities that followed the end of the Cold War. The Decline of Individualism in Mass Society.

In the following article Maffesoli, this issuehe outlines his revision of his theory of neo-tribalism, as updated in Le Temps Revient: Data has pointed to a general breakdown in trlbes 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.


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Selected pages Title Page. 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. He contends that mass culture has disintegrated and that today social existence is conducted through fragmented tribal groupings, organized around the catchwords, brand-names and sound-bites of consumer culture.

In this exciting book Michel Maffesoli argues that the conventional approaches to understanding solidarity and society are deeply flawed. This site uses cookies. The time of the tribes: 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.

References to this book Fantasy City: French sociologist Michel Maffesoli was perhaps the first to use the term neotribalism in a scholarly context. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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, Indeed, he emphasises how these new forms of community are rooted in pre-modern and archaic forms that had been marginalised and repressed in modernity.


Rather, Maffesoli insists, we should look at how things actually are, and to the ways in which emerging practices, identities and communities illustrate the blurring of the boundaries between individual and society, and between self and other; to the ways in which they illustrate something new; as well as to how they relate to something older.


In postmodernity, the binary opposition between the individual and society no longer holds, and both concepts have become unstable and fragmented. In a way, what we are witnessing is the loss of the individualistic self.

Sociality vs the Social. Less of an individual and more of a person, tribea 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. Maffesoli uses trbes term tribalism to describe this phenomenon because, although postmodern sociality is distinct from modern society, it is not exactly new.

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

For Maffesoli, however, we are no longer in the modern period. Email required Address never made public. The criticism he makes in the following article of those who ignore the contemporary importance of social media and the relevance of new social practices is, perhaps, a reflection of his interpretation of the work of his French peers.

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