Tribe - Sebastian Junger

Tribe

By Sebastian Junger

  • Release Date: 2016-05-24
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 434 Ratings

Description

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

Reviews

  • Great insight to social isolation

    5
    By AppleBooks20
    I found this perspective interesting on how one can go through life in modern society and not have to interact with anyone. And because of this ability people only interact with those they choose to and this leads to some intense isolation
  • It’s like it was written for 2020

    5
    By j0hn50n21
    Really compelling perspective on social divides and community. Highly recommend.
  • Did not enjoy this book

    1
    By trailrun71
    I didn’t enjoy reading this book. I found the concept intriguing but his writing seemed to jump around too much. Some of his points concerning ptsd I found to be in accurate.
  • Good book

    4
    By Bll51
    Junger has some tremendous points. A lot of good lessons on why we need the tribe in our life!
  • Thought provoking

    4
    By americanslave
    It’s an interesting theory to what ails modern society. Questions about how tribalism is both good and bad aren’t well elucidated. Rape is used as an example of a traumatic experience. I would challenge the author that victims of rape would be interested in consensual sex with loving partners after their assault. Thus, contradictory to the author’s POV, would cause serious problems downstream in life. I feel the way to apply the tribe mentality in current life is underdeveloped. If this is read as a thought provoking read, then it’s excellent. It was not something that I found useful beyond thought provoking and entertaining.
  • Good read

    5
    By Truck832
    In today’s times of political strife and separation within our country it identifies how we all can be a solution.
  • A must read

    5
    By Kevin B123
    Insightful, valuable perspective.
  • Clear as Mud

    4
    By Rodonisle
    The mud in the Grunt's clothes stays in spite of years of soap. Likewise the stains on his soul left by war. This author not only acknowledges the fact, but seeks out why, and makes it clear. Too bad the world that needs to hear his words, is deafened by the loss of tribe.
  • Just a prelude

    3
    By Flashinthepaan
    I’ve heard The author speak at length, both about this book and on other topics and I really like him. I did enjoy this book, but it’s not nearly long enough. I finished what I thought was the first section, the setup if you will, but to my dismay I found I had turned the last page. In that regard, I was fairly disappointed. What was contained in those scant chapters though was well written and interesting. I like his writing well enough and look forward to more from the other, but I need more. I needed this book to go somewhere and it simply didn’t. I’m fascinated by the topic covered and want to find more books dealing with this subject.
  • Magnificent

    5
    By Jr15790763
    I couldn't praise this work highly enough so I won't even try.