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Introduction
Introduction

Group – An assemblage of objects standing near together, and forming a collective unity; a knot (of people), a cluster (of things) … a confused aggregation …

– A number of persons or things in a certain relation, or having a certain degree of similarity.

(Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edn, 1973, p. 896)

– A social aggregation that has an external boundary and at least one internal boundary.

(Berne, 1963, p. 319)

Human beings are social animals. This is the sense of Aristotle's dictum that ‘man is a political animal’. We live in a social world and live, love and work in social groupings. We are born into and raised in a family group (however we define ‘family’); as children we often play in groups; we are educated ...

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