It would be easy to dismiss this “small town” idea as a code for an in-group whose happy few run everything through their network.
Affection, after all, is what the in-group use of the n-word expresses.
Our research indicates they can end up having a similar effect to an 'in-group' in high school that others aspire to join.
Comrades in an in-group have never forced these on each other.
You'd have formed your own in-group, as prisoners, dedicated to your own welfare.
The in-group when it is merged in a state by conquest and compounding becomes a peace unit.
This control by the in-group over its members makes for solidity and impenetrability in its relations with the out-group.
So far as sympathy was developed at all, it was in the in-group, between comrades.
He describes the transition from contacts of the out-group to those of the in-group, or from remote to intimate relations.
In the in-group it was so far from being an act of hostility, or veiled impropriety, that it was applied to the closest kin.
An exclusive group or clique, esp of influential persons (1907+)