When we think of a “tribe,” the image of indigenous peoples often comes to mind: a group of people who are distinctly different from the dominant society. Or, as anthropologist Stephen Corry suggested, tribes are made of people who “have followed ways of life for many generations that are largely self-sufficient, and are clearly different from the mainstream and dominant society.”
However, there is another way of thinking about tribes. According to researcher and USC professor Dr. David Logan and his colleagues, we are all members of tribes. In fact, we're all members of several tribes. We may belong to a political tribe that favors one party or another. We may be a member of another tribe defined by its religious beliefs, its preference for a particular sports team or one's chosen profession—soldier, factory worker, teacher or lawyer.