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I was reading an article and it said:

The village will pursue the provision of community facilities to enhance the social fabric of the community.

What does social fabric in the sentence mean?

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It is a metaphor for how well the community members interact amongst themselves. If you consider all the individual members as threads, the "social fabric" is made by having those members interact, thus weaving the threads together. The tighter the weave (the more frequently and positively the members interact with each other), the stronger the fabric is; the looser the weave, the weaker the fabric, and the more likely to tear (have conflicts that pit one group against another), fray (lose members), develop loose threads (criminals), and otherwise suffer.

Enhancing the social fabric, then, means to provide more and better interactions between members of the community so that they can make more friends, be more involved, be happy, be more willing to help someone when there is a need, and be inspired to keep their village a positive, pleasant place to live.

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In this context, I would describe "social fabric" as social workings.

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