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This article is about social groups. For the concept in graph theory, see Clique (graph theory). For other uses, see Clique (disambiguation).

In the social sciences, a clique (CanE, UK /ˈklk/ or US /ˈklɪk/) is a group of people who interact with each other more regularly and intensely than others in the same setting.[1] Interacting with cliques is part of normative social development regardless of gender, ethnicity, or popularity. Although cliques are most commonly studied during adolescence and middle childhood, they exist in all age groups. Generally people in a clique will not have a completely open friend group, and they can "ban" members of the clique if they do something deemed to be unacceptable, such as talking to someone generally disliked by the clique. People that are part of a clique are bonded together through shared and /or similar social characteristic such as race, ethnicity, economic status, physical appearance, etc. [2]

See also[edit]

Main article: Adolescent cliques


  1. ^ Salkind, Neil (2008-01-01). "Cliques". Encyclopedia of educational psychology. Sage Publications. 
  2. ^ Labrum, Chris. "Cliques: Poverty & Prejudice: Gangs of All Colors". EDGE.  External link in |website= (help);