On Homecoming and Belonging

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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 help 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.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library
Alternative Title: On homecoming and belonging


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May 04, 2017

Interesting opinion about the need for people to protect and reconnect with each other at a time of crisis.

AL_RACHEL Jan 25, 2017

Sebastian Junger brings an interesting point to light with this read. His research points to the idea that modern society has obliterated the real meaning of community, making trauma recovery and societal reintegration far more difficult than it has ever been at any point in human history.

Jan 14, 2017

I learned about this book from a short essay the author wrote regarding PTSD that I thought had some merit. The book, much different. As a former veteran (Vietnam) I'm skeptical of some of the data and conclusions he presents. (i.e.) why bring the Amish in as a suicide example; most of them never go to war. I found from my own struggles, that you have to deal with a lot this on your own by education /forming some sort of religious or philosophy structure that help deal with the world. I read none of this sort of insight in his book.

Furthermore, his consistent hammer on Western civilization got old quick. We have problems but we’ve never had it so good either, both materially and medically but we should take care of our solders a lot better than we do.

Dec 27, 2016

"Tribe" is a remarkable encapsulation of what is known about us as humans. We are tribal in our instincts, actions and thinking since we also see it as necessary for our own and our group's survival.

"In The Prehistories of Baseball," it is shown that these strong tribal proclivities were seen in our earlier sports - where we essentially showed our strong preference for own our own tribe (team) competing against another. Today often the distinction between what is a game/a real battle is blurred. In this work, these tribal affiliations are evident in the earlier precursor games of baseball, for example, one tribe throwing rocks at another across a divide, such as a river; or, rocks raining down from higher elevation to those below. Baseball recalls our tribal roots and desire to assemble in our old ancestral places for communal events
Seelochan Beharry

Oct 21, 2016

Quite provocative. It's intriguing to read that suicide, etc. goes down in times of war, in the wake of far-reaching catastrophes.; that a lot of settlers went "native", etc. He clearly has a bias towards community and egalitarianism, which I share. However, it's important to challenge his ideas as you read; otherwise you might end up foolishly embracing a glorified version about tribalism. It's more complicated than this slim volume would have you believe.

Sep 14, 2016

As you might expect with such a short book, there is a lot left out, such as the way tribes can harass not just those taking too much power and free-loaders, but also anyone just not fitting in well enough.

Sep 01, 2016

This book answers a lot of questions as to why people seem to be onlookers so many times in the face of crime, neglect, instances where I think "why wouldn't someone step up?". I think that when corporations started transferring employees and families live hundreds and thousands of miles away from extended family also affects disconnected feeling. I always look forward to this author's newest books.

Jul 29, 2016

Very interesting read and ideas about the value of community. The kind of book that I will read again and again.

Jul 23, 2016

The author, a journalist and intellectual lightweight, takes a common sense idea and tries to weave a theory around it, but the result is incoherent and contradictory. Nice try.

bickjd Jun 27, 2016

Modern society is a thumbnail on the human timeline. For thousands and thousands of years human society had been living in tribes; we spent the overwhelming majority of our time (eating, sleeping, playing, hunting, relaxing, moving) in very close quarters with family, and the greater community.

Modern society does not quiet look like this. The author connects this loss of communal living (and the social and psychological/chemical benefits that come with living this way) to contemporary mental health issues, PTSD and the problems vets have integrating back into “normal” society, political divisiveness, violence, child development, happiness, and overall human wellbeing.
This book is an exploration through history, psychology, anthropology, and economics.

Junger is a renowned war reporter and the backdrop of this quasi-memoir-disquisition is the military. The scope of the story is hefty, the writing is excellent, and the fascination is infectious.

“Humans don't mind hardship, in fact they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary. Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary” (page xvii).

Ultimately, Sebastian Junger is an advocate for a better way of living, a better humanity.

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