Is Larp a neo-tribe?- Social Things -
Maffesoli invokes analogies with the ritual in the defining of the neo-tribe. In jeux de Masques (1988), he identifies a shift in the structure of society from a mechanical model, where individuals were identified within rationalised classes, to an organic structure, where mass society’s personas, no longer bound by identity but by changing affections, assemble and disassemble for ritual gatherings. These dynamic groups are what he calls neo-tribes, a non-hierarchical group of individuals that punctually lose their ‘self’ in an emotional collective. Larping might be considered a production of that shift. It is both an entertaining hobby and a serious endeavour and participants regardless of age, sex, social status, geography, religious or cultural belief abandon their identities not even in favour of that of their character but in favour of the narrative and their shared experience as a collective.