Urban tribes

I first read of the concept of an “urban tribe” when I took a sociology course in college on marriage and family. In its strictest definition, a “family” is your nuclear family – you, your parents, any siblings you have. Because of the blood that bonds you, you are connected for life. If you stay in the same city the rest of your life, you will probably all be physically bonded, as well. But today, a lot of people leave their families for school, career, pursuits of seeing the greater world around them. Among my three best friends from the Bay Area, only one is still in San Francisco. The need to form new families, or “urban tribes” in our new lives away from home, becomes greater. How do we find people we can trust like family in areas that are less familiar?

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