Difference between Overlapping and Cross-cutting Social Divisions




Distinguish, differentiate, compare and explain what is the difference between Overlapping and Cross-cutting. Comparison and Differences.

Differences between Overlapping and Cross-cutting Social Divisions

S.No. Overlapping Cross-cutting
1 Under this a social difference overlaps another difference. Under this a social difference cross cuts another difference.
2 Under this, people start feeling that they belong to different communities. Under this, the group can share a common interest on one issue but are likely to be in different sides on different issues.
3 These create possibilities of deep social divisions. These are easier to accomodate.
4 For example: The difference between the black and the whites in the USA is a overlapping difference because the blacks tend to be poor, homeless and discriminated. In Netherlands, class and religion tend to cut-across each other as Catholic and Protestants are about equally likely to be poor or rich.



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Difference between Cross-cutting Social Divisions vs Overlapping

Overlapping vs Cross-cutting Social Divisions

Differences between Cross-cutting Social Divisions vs Overlapping


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