Culture Clubs: The Real Fate of Societies

Culture Clubs is informed by the great debates of human nature, contemporary game theory, and creative literature and film. Minsos’ careful analysis of socialization makes a compelling case with abundant intuition and delightful wit. Dr. Janine Brodie CM FRSC, Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics

 If you have spent any time wondering about human nature and our need to form and belong to groups, this book is for you. Minsos offers a new twist on group dynamics, ranging from the smallest unit of the family to the local community and outward, incorporating the larger multicultural world. The author is confident, feisty, and has a sharp wit as she offers a well substantiated perspective on our game-playing. Claudia Petersmeyer PhD (Philosophy)

Socialization and culture, Minsos argues, are not binary, but depend upon a three-cornered asymmetrical (weird) matrix tit-for-tat game in which the struggle for authority becomes a key part of how all societies function. In making her case, Minsos engages readers and theorists in a series of Socratic dialogues. Peter Midgley, Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story

Sentient creatures herd up to cope with changing environments––there’s strength in numbers. Welcome to Culture Clubs: The Real Fate of Societies, where, as Dr. Minsos (PhD, University of Alberta) has argued for over twenty years, mannerly Homo sapiens faces an inescapable reality: individuals are selected to play a three-optioned evolutionary game, Weird Tit-for-Tat––the herding game. Selection favours herders and herders create culture clubs––groups with common goals and homogeneous folkways.

Game choices are for today. While managing today’s affordances and demanding a share of earth’s scarce resources, both individuals and culture clubs are relentlessly at each other’s throats, seeking survival advantage.

A culture club is an ephemeral gelatinous triangle trembling inside the circle of life. You know how to socialize and you know how to play the matrix game. You adapt to your geographic good luck, or bad luck. Why culture clubs, you ask? Read Culture Clubs: The Real Fate of Societies, and self-aware you will better understand how your game choices work and whence your manners.


Feature painting

Accession number, National Gallery of Canada, 39909
Date 1951
Category Canadian Prints and Drawings