Undue attachment to a social group
Other Names: Socio-sentiment
Incidence: The infatuation with Indian tradition by American whites was widespread in the 1960s, and has continued through mystical and romantic phases to the present. Since 1960, the number of people who told the Census Bureau of the USA that they are Indian has tripled, to about 1.8 million in 1993. In New Jersey, over one decade, the number of people who claim to be Indian grew by nearly 80%.
Claim: Undue attachment to a social group is more dangerous than that to a particular territory. For although socio-sentiments are slightly more expansive than geo-sentiments, they are more difficult to understand and to detach from. Socio-sentiments seek to divide people so that they can exploit others.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 17.02.1997 – 00:00 CET