cross-cutting ties

cross-cutting ties

the conflicting, or potentially conflicting allegiances of individuals, e.g. conflict between ethnicity and class, or religion and class. It has been argued that the web of relationships associated with such cross-cutting ties is conducive to social stability because it inhibits or moderates conflict between groups. Individuals subject to cross-cutting ties tend to be pulled two-ways, and so are likely to act to prevent or to limit conflict, e.g. presenting both sides of the case. The existence of cross-cutting ties has sometimes been suggested as important in preserving STABLE DEMOCRACY, e.g. in counteracting extremes of class consciousness. See also COGNITIVE DISSONANCE.
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These cross-cutting ties bind us, and our campaign deliberately focused on them," he said, accusing Abdullah of desperate manoeuvering to avoid defeat.
ceremonialism fragments rather than integrates group coherence, while the multiplicity of cross-cutting ties generated by cognatic kinship is a basic factor encouraging men into conflicts.
will depend on whether new funding supports or undermines efforts to build the cross-cutting ties that are the lifeblood of collaboration.
In societies with strong cross-cutting ties, hostility is more likely to be directed against outsiders.