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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Category: Book
By (author): Junger, Sebastian
Subject:  HISTORY / Military / Iraq War (2003-2011)
  PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: June 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.36in
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From The Publisher*

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 behaviours-loyalty, interdependency, cooperation-that flourish in human communities during times of turmoil and suffering. These are the very same behaviours 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 the fields of history, psychology and anthropology, bestselling author Sebastian Junger shows us the degree to which the structure of modern society is at odds with our tribal instincts, arguing that the difficulties many veterans face upon returning home from war stem not just from the trauma they've suffered, but also from the individualist nature of the societies they must reintegrate into.

A 2011 study by the Canadian Forces and Statistics Canada revealed that 78 per cent of military suicides between 1972 and 2006 involved veterans. Though these numbers are an implicit call to action, the government is just now taking steps 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 the problems not just of our nation but of our individual lives as well.

Widely researched and compellingly written, this timely look at how veterans react to coming home will change the conversation about veterans' affairs and help us to repair our current social dynamic.

Review Quote*"Junger has raised one of the most provocative ideas of this campaign season-and accidentally written one of its most intriguing political books."
Review Quote*"There are three excellent reasons to read Sebastian Junger's new book: the clarity of his thought, the elegance of his prose, and the provocativeness of his chosen subject. Within a compact space, the sheer range of his inquiry is astounding."
Review Quote*"Junger uses every word in this slim volume to make a passionate, compelling case for a more egalitarian society."
Review Quote*"Thought-provoking. . . . A gem."
Review Quote*"TRIBE is an important wake-up call. Let's hope we don't sleep through the alarm."
Review Quote*"Compelling. . . . Junger . . . offers a starting point for mending some of the toxic divisiveness rampant in our current political and cultural climate."
Review Quote*"Junger argues with candor and grace for the everlasting remedies of community and connectedness."
Review Quote*"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."