chapter  3
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Centred threads become blocks

ByAdrian Holliday, Sara Amadasi

This chapter explores the difficult and often unexpected dynamics of blocks and threads inside a broader interactional framework that will reveal the danger of threads remaining Centred and thus becoming blocks. It shows how threads may indeed not be what they seem and that they may in fact feed essentialist blocks. People are reached out to by others for the purpose of being pulled into massive blocks — establishments of state, nationalism, religion, values. There is very clearly a cultural thread in the anti-migration poster because it connects with lots of people, as indeed it is designed to do. Threads are in themselves not straightforward and may appear to be threads when in fact they are blocks. The blog continues to set out how blocks and threads may be manipulated for political and ideological purposes.