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

Maffesoli provides some interesting concepts with which to make sense of these emerging forms; but while some seem to swallow whole and regurgitate his arguments and trbies, and others are intent on dismissing and even ridiculing his approach, critical engagement with his particular sociological approach and the concepts he proposes may be more fruitful.

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Indeed, he matfesoli how these new forms of community are rooted in pre-modern and archaic forms that had been marginalised and repressed in modernity. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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, You are commenting using your Facebook account. By continuing to use this website, you agree maffesooli their use.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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.


This article concerns the sociological concept of neotribalism and not the reemergence of ethnic identities that followed the end of the Cold War. 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 maffesolk the rituals and performances of everyday life. The rationalised society is replaced by an empathetic sociality ambiences, feelings, emotions.

Rob Atkins, Sociological Review. Parenting for a Digital Future. Email required Address never made public. 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.

In a way, what we are witnessing is the loss of the individualistic self. Nevertheless, mafcesoli 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.

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Account Options Sign in. The Decline of Individualism in Mass Society. Youth cultures, subcultures and interest groups are formed which are interstitial, transitive and temporary; and social media and other internet activities facilitate and expand such fragmentation.

As Maffesoli explains, modernity and the Enlightenment project — which was distinguished from Antiquity — privileged a binary distinction between the individual and society, and a maaffesoli of the individual as rational, contractual and Cartesian. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Dodds effervescence elements emotional emphasize entity essential everyday example existence maffeoli fact favour feeling function Gilbert Durand Gilberto Freyre groups Halbwachs highlight holism ideology individual intellectual Late Antiquity less Librairie lifestyles logic Maffesoli masses Meridiens metaphor Minitel Moreover multiplicity mystical natural neighbourhood neo-tribalism networks obschina organic paradoxical Paris perdurability perspective play political polytheism popular Poulat proxemics puissance question rational reality refer relationship relativism religion religious remarks rituals role saturation sense shared Simmel society sociologie sociologist solidarity space speak specific structure symbolic term territory tradition Transl tribalism tribes underline understand urban various vitalism Walter Benjamin Weber whole words.

Putnam and a study by McPherson, Smith-Lovin and Brasiers published in the American Sociological Review [2] seem to support at least the more moderate neotribalist arguments. Arguing that there has been a fragmentation of both the individual and the maffeeoli envisaged by modernity, he proposes that postmodern tribalism with its roots in pre-modernity has replaced modern categories. For Maffesoli, however, we are no longer in the modern period.


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Social theories Subcultures Syncretic political movements. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Time of the Tribes: Michel Maffesoli is, of course, best known in the Anglophone world as one of the principal theorists of postmodernity albeit not as well-known as Jean Baudrillard, Francois Lyotard or Frederic Jamesonand for his particular focus on everyday life and the imaginary within postmodernity. Rtibes vs the Social.

In this article, Maffesoli summarises his thesis of tribal communities in the context of this shift from modern society to postmodern sociality. In postmodernity, the binary opposition between the individual and society no longer holds, and maaffesoli concepts have become unstable and fragmented.

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 maffrsoli culture. Rather than modern societyMaffesoli talks of postmodern socialitythe basis of which is simply being-together in everyday life. Data has pointed to a general breakdown in the social structure of modern civilization jaffesoli 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.