Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

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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.

Author: Sebastian Junger
Publisher: Twelve
Published: 05/24/2016
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.58lbs
Size: 7.75h x 5.38w x 0.75d
ISBN: 9781455566389

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 12/01/2015 pg. 75
Entertainment Weekly 01/08/2016 pg. 85
Publishers Weekly 03/21/2016
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2016
Booklist 04/15/2016 pg. 6
Library Journal 12/01/2015

About the Author
Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.