Faultlines

Dora C. Lau, John Keith Murnighan

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Abstract

Groups have faultlines when group members' personal characteristics align with one another, so that distinct, unique subgroups are recognizable within the larger group. These alignments provide the basis for conflict, especially between the subgroups, and especially when issues arise that are related to the subgroups' differences. This entry provides a specific definition of group faultlines, a variety of examples and implications of these faultlines, and some recent research findings.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
EditorsJohn M. Levine, Michael A. Hogg
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, CA
PublisherSage Publications
ISBN (Electronic)9781412972017
ISBN (Print)9781412942089
StatePublished - 2010

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Lau, D. C., & Murnighan, J. K. (2010). Faultlines. In J. M. Levine, & M. A. Hogg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations Sage Publications. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412972017.n86