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
More example sentences
- 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).
- 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.
- 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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