Radical tribes at warre: Primitivists on the net

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Abstract

Why "tribes"? In the anthropological tradition, a tribe was a sociopolitically homogenous and autonomous group. Its members shared patterns of speech, basic cultural characteristics, and a territory. Today the term is universally used and universally undefined. Obviously, there is something in the word that appeals to the imagination: perhaps the idea that we can escape the atomized mass and reconstitute earlier, stronger ties between individuals. In order to understand the formation of online tribal identity, I use the concepts of "boundary" and "field" to analyze economic and political aspects of tribalism in anarcho-primitivist networks
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Tribes: The Virtual World of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans and Scammers
EditorsT.L Adams, S.A Smith
Place of PublicationAustin, TX, USA
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Pages251-268
Number of pages18
Edition2008
ISBN (Electronic)9780292793965
ISBN (Print)9780292717749
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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    O'NEIL, M. (2008). Radical tribes at warre: Primitivists on the net. In T. L. Adams, & S. A. Smith (Eds.), Electronic Tribes: The Virtual World of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans and Scammers (2008 ed., pp. 251-268). University of Texas Press.