Mark S. Weiner

Fulbright Uppsala University Distinguished Chair in American Studies
Speaking at


The Rule of the Clan and Differing Perceptions of State Authority

In this session, Mark S. Weiner will offer an analysis of modern tribalism based on his book The Rule of the Clan and suggest how his framework might help educators today better understand students with migration backgrounds. What values do students from clan-based societies carry with them when they migrate to societies, like Sweden, oriented around the nuclear family rather than the extended family? How might the social and legal structures of clannism, such as the principle of group honor and shame, shape their worldview? What can be done to foster their integration into a liberal democratic system while enabling them to affirm their heritage?


Mark S. Weiner is a professor of constitutional law and legal history at Rutgers Law School in the United States. During the 2018-19 academic year, he will be based in the Swedish Institute for North American Studies at Uppsala University as part of the Fulbright program. His books include The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom (translated into Swedish as Klanvälde), which received the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

Twitter: @marksweiner