Social Dynamics And Fragility: A Literature Review

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Alexandre, Willman, and Aslam, in their study “Social Dynamics and Fragility” describe humans as social creatures, and therefore, regard social cohesion as a means of development. Social cohesion is defined as the “affective bond between citizens (Chipkin and Ngqulunga 2008: 61)(39), and it is used to promote and protect the wellbeing of society. In the study conducted, the authors look at the dynamics of a fragile society and how the interactions amongst the various groups in that region, affect the response to fragile situations. According to the author, “Convergence across groups in society is essential for reducing fragility” (39-40). This study specifically analyzes the role that social groups play when individuals are confronted with …show more content…
Due to that, many of these same concepts can be applied to reality competition shows, like Survivor. Survivor provides a highly social setting, where individuals of different views and perceptions, and therefore social groups, are brought together and forced to interact in a highly competitive setting. This setting amplifies the attributes of each social group, making it, theoretically, easier to identify each various group. Based on the group identifications, we can observe how the social hierarchy of the groups affects the dynamics. In other words we can answer questions, such as, which social groups are more closely aligned? Which have stronger relationships? Amongst which groups do we get …show more content…
Children’s behavior is significantly different in a group setting than it is in dyadic interactions, or interactions amongst only a few individuals (Ellis, Dumas, Mahdy, & Wolfe, 252). Group’s relationships generally function with more competitively than interpersonal relationships do (Brown, 1990; Dijkstra & Veenstra, 2011)(252). The status and hierarchy that is established amongst these groups is generally the cause for the lack of harmony. Status is evaluated in several ways, some of which include peer acceptance or popularity, but all the forms seek to rank both the groups, and the members of that group

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