Introducing contemporary neo-tribes

Anne Hardy, Andy Bennett, Brady Robards

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This chapter introduces the concept of neo-tribes and provides an in-depth, critical evaluation of its impact and influence on contemporary academic writing, by focusing upon aspects of culture and society. In the first instance, the chapter considers how neo-tribal theory has been applied across a variety of disciplines, often to different ends, with the result that the neo-tribal lens is somewhat multifarious. While this is to be expected when a concept assumes a multi-disciplinary resonance in the way that neo-tribes has, a key contention of this chapter is that there is a critical need to begin weaving together some of the conceptual threads pursued through the adoption and adaptation of neo-tribal theory across diverse disciplinary areas. Such a synthesis is necessary, it is argued, in order to ensure an underlying cohesion in both the way that neo-tribalism is understood by academic researchers and how it is applied as a theoretical framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeo-Tribes
Subtitle of host publicationConsumption, Leisure and Tourism
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319682075
ISBN (Print)9783319682068
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • neo-tribes
  • sociology
  • tourism
  • leisure
  • consumption

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