When do social divisions take place in the society? Explain with suitable examples


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Social division takes place under following circumstances:
=> Social division due to overlapping differences.
=> Social division due to cross-cutting differences.
Overlapping differences
(i) => Somesocialdifferencesoverlapotherdifferences. For example, the difference between the Blacks and Whites in US because the Blacks tend to be poor, homeless and discriminated against.
=> In our country Dalits tend to be poor and landless. They often face discrimination and injustice. A situation of this kind produces social divisions, when one kind of social difference becomes more important than the other and people start feeling that they belong to different communities.
Cross-cutting social differences
(ii) => If social differences cross-cut one another, it is difficult to compete one group of people against the other. It means that groups that share a common interest on one issue are likely to be on different sides on a different issue. Hence, leading to a social division.
=> For example, Northern Ireland and Netherlands . are dominantly Christian countries but divided between Catholics and Protestants.
=> In Northern Ireland, class and religion overlap each other.
=> In The Netherlands, class and religion tend to cut across each other. Catholics and Protestants likely to be poor or rich. The result is the division of the society.
(iii) => Social division of one kind or another exists in most countries. It does not matter whether the country is small or big. For instance, India is a vast country with many communities, at the same time Belgium is a small country with many communities.
(iv) => Social Division due to migration and migrants.
Sometimes there is division or difference in society due to migration and migrants. Even those countries such as Germany and Sweden, that were once highly homogenous, are undergoing rapid change with influx of people from other parts of the world. Migrants bring with them their own culture and tend to form a different social community. If social division donot exist in a country they must never be expressed in politics.
In this sense most countries of the world are multi-cultural and have multi-dimensional social divisions.