Problems, problems yet again when using the word 'tribal' to describe tribal and ethnic jewellery.
I pull a dictionary down from the shelf... the Oxford English Dictionary 1976 (sixth edition) ... and search for the word. Here it is.
'Tribe - group of (primitive) clans under recognised chief and usually claiming common ancestor.'
Yes ... well... it shows the attitudes of the times. I remember that when we lived in southern Africa a long time ago, we avoided using the word 'tribe' because of the offence it could cause.
(Think) 'Surely it is seen differently now.'
Upstairs, I find a heavy copy of the New Oxford English Dictionary, 1998, and search for 'tribe'. Here it is.
'Tribe - a social division of traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognised leader....
I know that a lot of sociological research lies behind this definition. But a well researched definition doesn't necessarily immediately reflect changing attitudes and sensitivities, hence the question 'Is it OK to use the word 'tribal'?' I think the use of the word is still problematic.
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