Give examples to prove that social differences cross-cut each other.
- If social differences cross-cut one another, it is difficult to put one group of people against the other.
- It means the groups that share a common interest on one issue are likely to be on different sides on a different issue.
- In northern Ireland, class and religion overlap with each other. A Catholic is more likely to be poor and they suffer discrimination.
- In Netherlands, class and religion tend to cross-cut each other. Catholics and Protestants are both likely to be poor or rich. The result is that Catholics and protestants have had conflicts in northern Ireland, while they do not do so in the Netherlands.
That’s why cross-cutting social differences are easier to accommodate