Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian JungerTribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

bySebastian Junger

Hardcover | May 24, 2016

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Sebastian Junger, the bestselling author of War and The Perfect Storm, takes a critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the many challenges today’s returning veterans face in modern society.

There are ancient tribal human behaviors-loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation-that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and suffering. These are the very same behaviors that typify good soldiering and foster a sense of belonging among troops, whether they’re fighting on the front lines or engaged in non-combat activities away from the action. Drawing from history, psychology, and anthropology, bestselling author Sebastian Junger shows us just how at odds the structure of modern society is with our tribal instincts, arguing that the difficulties many veterans face upon returning home from war do not stem entirely from the trauma they’ve suffered, but also from the individualist societies they must reintegrate into.

A 2011 study by the Canadian Forces and Statistics Canada reveals that 78 percent of military suicides from 1972 to the end of 2006 involved veterans. Though these numbers present an implicit call to action, the government is only just taking steps now to address the problems veterans face when they return home. But can the government ever truly eliminate the challenges faced by returning veterans? Or is the problem deeper, woven into the very fabric of our modern existence? Perhaps our circumstances are not so bleak, and simply understanding that beneath our modern guises we all belong to one tribe or another would help us face not just the problems of our nation but of our individual lives as well.

Well-researched and compellingly written, this timely look at how veterans react to coming home will reconceive our approach to veteran’s affairs and help us to repair our current social dynamic.

Sebastian Junger was born in 1962 in Belmont, Massachusetts. He received his BA degree from Wesleyan University in Cultural Anthropology in 1984. He is a freelance journalist who writes for numerous magazines, including Outside, American Heritage, Men's Journal, and the New York Times Magazine. As an underemployed journalist who assign...
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Title:Tribe: On Homecoming and BelongingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.73 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144344958X

ISBN - 13:9781443449588

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and thought-provoking read #plumreview I have read most of Sebastian Junger's books and really like his style. This nonfiction book is about how all humans, at their root, belong to a tribe and need that tribe to function well. Although PTSD isn't the main subject, Junger's thoughts on this issue of soldiers returning from war should be considered seriously.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This book didn't heavily focus on PTSD but was an interesting survey of the psyche of soldiers and normal everyday people and our desire to belong to something. Very good book-club book.
Date published: 2016-12-29

Editorial Reviews

“TRIBE is a fascinating, eloquent and thought-provoking book . . . packed with ideas. . . . It could help us to think more deeply about how to help men and women battered by war to find a new purpose in peace.”