UCSD recently hosted New York University sociologist and historian Richard Sennett for a discussion on why people form in-group/out-group divisions, even in large population centers, resulting in small tribal populations within metropolitan cities.
Together: The Rituals Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation with Richard Sennett
New York University sociologist and historian Richard Sennett addresses the phenomenon of why people tend to avoid engaging with others who are different, leading to a modern politics of the tribe rather than the city. In this thought-provoking talk, Sennett offers ideas on what might be done to encourage people to live with others who are racially, ethnically, religiously or economically unlike themselves. [3/2012]