Dream. Flourish. Succeed.



***This page is not yet updated for Fall ’19. It contains information from Spring ’19. Once we get into the book, this page will be updated for use during the month-plus that we will be engaging with TRIBE.


Notes from April 8th:

TRIBE, by Sebastian Junger (pronounced “younger”)

PBS interview with Junger from 2016: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/sebastian-jungers-tribe-examines-loyalty-belonging-and-the-quest-for-meaning

  1. What group or “tribe” do you identify with?

Some class members mentioned…


Neighborhood organization

Women’s group

People of Color



  1. Is there another group or “tribe” that YOUR group considers ENEMIES?

‘Queers’ vs homophobic or ‘conservative’ people

Neighborhood organization vs. wrong-doers, crime

People of Color vs racists, police, other ethnicities, white folks,

Co-workers VS employers/bosses, regulations

CW’s list includes:

Progressives VS. “conservatives” corporate elites, Republicans and ‘establishment Democrats’

Laney College community vs. education privatizers, often within our own District!

Blinzler-Weidenbach-Cox familes VS anyone or anything that might threaten us!


  1. Which of your “tribes” fit(s) Junger’s definition of “TRIBE”?

People who

  • live together,
  • share resources, and
  • are willing to risk their lives to protect the group
  • In the Introduction of the book, Junger says that a start to defining the word “tribe” might be “the people you feel compelled to share the last of your food with” (xvii).


TRIBE essay prompt:

Write a substantial essay summarizing your understanding of author Sebastian Junger’s book, and ‘discussing’ aspects of American life that you and/or Junger think could be improved if they were based on more “tribal” values and ways of organizing our society.

— These improvement ideas might include changes in laws, customs, cultural practices, individual choices and behaviors, or other moves. Please don’t LIMIT your discussion to your own individual or family choices; if you want to write about that extremely ‘local’ level, that’s fine — but you should also consider those choices as a ‘recipe for success’ among a larger group of people in American society.

— Please note: You don’t need to agree with Junger — or the instructor, or your classmates; but you will need to show that you have an accurate comprehension of Junger’s critique and suggestions, and it would be good to consider and respond to some of the ideas we have discussed in class as we read the book.

Other “must-do’s”:

Quote from the book in at least three different paragraphs, using ‘Quoteburger’ framing and properly citing the quoted text.

Include at the end of your essay a proper Work(s) Cited entry for Junger’s book, as well as any other texts you refer to in your essay. (An example of a two-text Works Cited list is below.)

Suggested length of the draft: 5 – 9 paragraphs, 3 – 5 pages

Rough draft (Print copy) due Wed Oct. 23 — Please type it if you can!;

Typed draft for peer review (THREE COPIES) due Mon. Oct. 28;

Completed, revised, proofread, edited, bee-YOO-ti-ful essay due Wed Oct. 30.

Works Cited example:

Works Cited

Junger, Sebastian. TRIBE: On Homecoming and Belonging. Hatchett Book Group, New York, NY. 2016. Print.

Moore, Michael. Where to Invade Next? Sony Pictures Classic. 2016. Documentary film.

[Other texts would be listed, by author, etc., in alphabetical order by LAST NAMES.]