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expressive ties and instrumental ties


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A distinction sometimes employed to characterize social relationships considered to be an end in themselves as against those which are goal-oriented. Thus, for example, expressive ties involve a commitment to the other person, arising perhaps out of kinship or feelings of love, whereas instrumental ties involve co-operation merely in order to achieve some limited and immediate goal (such as the relationship between doctor and patient).

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