Following on from my first post today, about tribalism in the rest of the world, let's consider it in the USA. We're accustomed to thinking of Native American tribes such as the Apache, Comanche, Sioux and so on - but there are vastly more tribes than that. Just consider any inner-city area with conflicting street, prison and criminal gangs, some Hispanic (e.g. MS-13, Latin Kings, etc.), some Black (e.g. Crips, Bloods, etc.), some White (e.g. Aryan Brotherhood, Nazi Lowriders, etc.), some of Far Eastern ethnicity (e.g. Born To Kill [now said to be largely defunct], Wo Hop To Triad, etc.). Many, perhaps most of them, operate along lines so similar to tribalism as to be indistinguishable from it.
It's not just ethnicity that makes a tribe. Regional differences also lead to the formation of cultural and/or social tribes, based on shared outlook, interests and other factors. A couple of years ago, Businessweek published an article identifying eleven different 'nations' inside the USA. Click the image to be taken to a much larger version at the article's Web page.
In his fourth book, "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America," award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.
"The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state roles and individual liberty," Woodard, a Maine native who won the 2012 George Polk Award for investigative reporting, told Business Insider.
"[But] in order to have any productive conversation on these issues," he added, "you need to know where you come from. Once you know where you are coming from it will help move the conversation forward."
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Woodard also believes the nation is likely to become more polarized, even though America is becoming a more diverse place every day. He says this is because people are "self-sorting."
"People choose to move to places where they identify with the values," Woodard says. "Red minorities go south and blue minorities go north to be in the majority. This is why blue states are getting bluer and red states are getting redder and the middle is getting smaller."
There's more at the link.
If you look at smaller regions in close-up, such as Silicon Valley in relation to its surrounding communities, you get some idea of the intensely tribal nature of the "techie economy", and its struggle to integrate - or, more often, hold itself aloof - from surrounding "economies". That looks very much like a tribal struggle to me, with my African background.
What say you, readers? What other US tribes can you identify? Some are easy (e.g. veterans of military service versus those with none, or shooting enthusiasts versus gun-grabbers). Others are more difficult. I'm sure that between us all, we can compile quite a long list.