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  •  wtf does tribal mean? (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    Im so sick of this word being used casually.

    Do you mean that people are either acting as slash and burn agriculturalists or pastoralists? Do you mean they maintain an egalitarian society with occasional "big men" appearing who wield influence but not power?

    Or do you mean a "my side vs your side" mentality? because i hate to point out to the pundits, politicians, and alot of dkos too....that crap is part of being in a state society.

    on behalf of the indigenous populations of the world who were not part of state societies before we moved into the post wwII notion of the nation-state....stop using the word "tribal" as if it is synonymous with "primitive" or "uncivilized" and as if you want to suggest some devolution of culture.

    people seem to want to use the word to mean "not us. not our modern world" when what they describe are features of the modern world and of us.

    I cant tell if its a West End musical or Marxism in action.

    by Evolution on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 07:12:12 AM PST

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    •  Whoa! I meant tribal in the most generic sense. (0+ / 0-)

      NOTHING to do with aboriginal peoples vs. the modern world. Don't all societies arrange themselves into tribes? Including our own.

      But if you take it that way, then I will say "community" -- if that's not offensive -- groups in which the members bond by participating in the same activities and rituals, adopting the same values and language.

      By choice these days, not necessarily by birth or location.

      We now often let mass media tell us what peer group to join. And the "successful American consumer" community is a popular one. Popular is good, according to most people.

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