When he hit his 30s, journalist Ethan Watters began to realize that none of his friends was following his or her parents' paths. Instead of settling down in couples and raising families, they lived in groups, started businesses together and vacationed en masse.
While documenting this generational phenomenon, Watters encountered "tribes" from all over the U.S., each with its own dynamic and social mix. He takes us inside "family life" within some of these close-knit groups and explores why tribe members embrace this structure, showing that the conventional wisdom painting Generation X as isolated, selfish slackers may hide an unexpected, warmer picture.
Urban Tribes is a major sociological investigation that radically challenges the way we think about contemporary life in North America.