Definition of detribalize in English:

detribalize

Syllabification: de·trib·al·ize
Pronunciation: /dēˈtrībəˌlīz
 
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verb

[with object] (usually as adjective detribalized)
1Remove (someone) from a traditional tribal social structure: the 250,000 Australian Aborigines include many detribalized urban people
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  • Until very recently, the main thrust of federal policy was to break up the extended family, the clan structure, to detribalize and assimilate Indian populations.
  • His life proved that he was a highly detribalised African.
  • It is less practised among those Gikuyu who have been Europeanised or detribalised.
1.1Remove a traditional tribal social structure from (a culture).
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  • Tribal societies, unlike detribalized, fragmented cultures with their stress on individualist values, are extremely austere morally.
  • The supposed goal was to detribalize the economy and culture and drop Indians into the "free" market where private enterprise would assimilate them.

Derivatives

detribalization

Pronunciation: /-ˌtrībələˈzāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • The main anxiety of British administrators then was the threat of ‘detribalization,’ their word for a perceived social dislocation resulting from urbanization and migration for wage labor.
  • This brings up the issue of Tom's ‘detribalization.’
  • It is also true that detribalization is, as Mahmood Mamdani showed, ‘the mere starting point in the reorganisation of the bifurcated power created by the colonial power’.

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