Relevant excerpt from dissertation

Bennett writes about neo-tribes as an alternate to subcultures, drawing from theories of Levi-Strauss and French sociologist Maffesoli, who coined the phrase ‘urban tribe’ and was the first to use the term ‘neo-tribalism’ in a scholarly context. (Maffesoli 1996)

Using Maffesoli's concept of tribus (tribes) and applying this to an empirical study of the contemporary dance music in Britain, I argue that the musical and stylistic sensibilities exhibited by the young people involved in the dance music scene are clear examples of a form of late modern ‘sociality’ rather than a fixed subcultural group. (Bennett 1999)

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