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Rethinking Neo-Tribes: Ritual, Social Differentiation and Symbolic Boundaries in ‘Alternative’ Food Practice

  • Elias le Grand


Critiquing neo-tribal research for discounting the role of social differentiation and overstating the inclusive and non-hierarchical aspects of neo-tribal communality, this chapter attempts to extend the neo-tribe concept to incorporate processes of exclusion, hierarchy and symbolic boundary formation as well as acknowledging the continuing influence of class relations. To this end, it firstly draws on Durkheim’s, Goffman’s and Collins’ writings on rituals and collective effervescence, to discuss how neo-tribal gatherings have a hierarchical and excluding character. Secondly, the chapter discusses recent research influenced by Bourdieu and studies on ‘alternative’ food consumption to conceptualise how neo-tribal formations can be connected to class-based forms of cultural hierarchy.


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  • Elias le Grand
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  1. 1.Department of Child and Youth StudiesStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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