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Gangs for Adults
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, January 06, 2006

Hypothesis: multiculturalism, "ethnic heritage" groups and nationalism is simply a sanitized, "adult" version the childhood tendency to form cliques and/or gangs. (or, for that matter, to join subcultures — e.g., "goth", punk, religious, etc)

That is to say, people feel a need to create their own identity by joining a group whose identity they can glom onto.

If true, this would paint ethnic/nationalist/cultural organizations in a much dimmer light than is currently the case.
 
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So now, calling people who don’t trust efforts to reform our American culture in their own image, under the guise of multi-culturalism, "childish" is valid?

Or could THAT be seen as rather clique-ish, as well?

 
Written By: Bithead
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If "multiculturalism ... is [the] tendency to form cliques" then isn’t uniculturalism melding cliques to form another clique? When uni and multi both mean clique formation, have we arrived at Marxist dialectics?
 
Written By: The Owner’s Manual
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I’m not entirely sure what the post was attempting to get at, but it is all more or less human tribalism expressed in other forms. Nationalism, even party afilliation and the red/blue state divide, are to a certain degree just tribalism by other means. So are people who get in fights and start riots when their football or soccer team lose a match.

We havent gotten past tribalism, we have merely molded it into different and more complex forms. As an animal that exists seperately as individuals and yet has strong tendencies towards being gregarious and socially organized, I dont think it is something that will ever truly change.
 
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e.g., "goth", punk, religious, people who debate politics on the internet...
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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We havent gotten past tribalism, we have merely molded it into different and more complex forms. As an animal that exists seperately as individuals and yet has strong tendencies towards being gregarious and socially organized, I dont think it is something that will ever truly change.
Excellent point, Rosensteel.

Perhaps tribes first formed to ensure personal security and basic survival needs. Now, we’ve evolved much higher up the hierarchy of needs and our group-identification activities have evolved along with us.
e.g., "goth", punk, religious, people who debate politics on the internet...
Touche’!
 
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