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Author Maffesoli, Michel.

Title The time of the tribes : the decline of individualism in mass society / Michel Maffesoli ; translated by Don Smith
Published London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 1996


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Description xii, 176 pages ; 24 cm
Series Theory, culture & society
Theory, culture & society (Unnumbered)
Contents Foreword: Masses or Tribes? / Rob Shields -- 1. The Emotional Community: Research Arguments -- 2. The Underground Puissance -- 3. Socialily vs. the Social -- 4. Tribalism -- 5. Polyculturalism -- 6. Of Proxemics -- Appendix: The Thinking of the Public Square
Summary How is social life lived today? What social relations and responsibilities do we recognize? Is there any sense in which contemporary social life can be described as 'ethical'? In this exciting book Maffesoli argues that the conventional approaches to understanding society and solidarity are deeply flawed. He contends that mass culture has disintegrated and that today social existence is conducted through fragmented tribal groupings - in short, we live in the time of the tribes. These tribes are organized around the catchwords, brand-names and sound-bites of consumer culture. Yet Maffesoli insists that in the midst of fashion fads new forms of social collectivity are taking root which challenge our established models of politics and tradition. The book provides a rich backcloth against which to consider the rise of 'identity politics' and the proliferation of 'lifestyle cultures'. It hums with new ideas for reaching a theoretical and practical understanding of life in contemporary societies, and establishes Maffesoli as a key thinker of modern times. The Time of the Tribes will be required reading for students in the sociology of culture, social theory and cultural studies. This edition contains a Foreword by Rob Shields which both places the book in its intellectual context and provides a guide to the author's key arguments.0000 60
Notes Translation of: Le temps des tribus : le declin de l'individualisme dans les societes de masse
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translation of: Le temps des tribus
Subject Cultural pluralism.
Group identity.
Mass society.
Social change.
Social groups.
Social interaction.
Social psychology.
LC no. 95072465
ISBN 0803984731
080398474X (paperback)
Other Titles Temps des tribus. English