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Ch5 Groups and NetworksSocial GroupsSocial groups form the building blocks of society and most social interactionJust the Two of UsDyad – a group of two-The most intimate form of social life, partly because the two members of the dyad are mutually dependent on each other-The continued existence of the group’s entirely contingent on the willingness of both parties to participate in the group; if either person leaves, the dyad ceases to be-Intimacy is enhanced by the fact that no third person exists to buffer the situation or mediate between the two-The members of a dyad don’t need to be concerned about how their relationship will be perceived by a third party-Symmetry must be maintainedoArgument: master + servant relationship is inherently symmetric because the servant is completely dependent on the master, but it is also arguable that the master is dependent on the servant, but then the relationship isn’t voluntaryTriad – a group of three-The force of a group is much stronger when three or more individuals are part of the group-One point in a marriage at which the divorce rate is especially high is when a first child is bornoThe nature of the relationship between the two adults changes (going from dyad to triad)oFeeling of sudden lack of intimacyAnd Then There Were ThreeIn a triad, the group holds supra-individual power-Group will still go on even if one leavesMediator – the member of a triad who attempts to resolve conflict between the two other actors in the groupTertius Gaudens– (“the third that rejoices”) the member of a triad who benefits from conflict between the other two members of the groupDivide et Impera – (“divide and conquer”) the role of a member of a triad who intentionally drives a wedge between the other two actors in the group
In the original dyad of the biological parents, the child can be a mediator, forcing his or her parents to work together on certain issues pertaining to his or her care-A child can be “the third who rejoices” from the disagreement of the two, profiting from the fact that he or she might receive two allowances or extra birthday presents because each parents in trying to prove that he or she loves the child moreA complicated divide et imperasituation could develop if one of the child’s parents enters into a second marriage, in which the kid remains the biological child of one parent and becomes the stepchild of the otherThe relationship between the nonbiological parents and the stepchild, who have the weakest bond, may be difficult

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