I can't find it in any of respectable dictionaries. Instead, I can only guess its meaning from the next sentence and with some knowledge in etymology(homo-'same';philo- 'love'). Is it a jargon like that?

This distinction between strong and weak relationships was the centerpiece of one of the most influential studies in the social sciences in the last half century. Mark Granovetter examined the extent to which information about jobs flowed through weak versus strong ties among a group of people, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Granovetter found that only a sixth of jobs that came via the network were from strong ties, with the rest coming via medium or weak ties; and with more than a quarter coming via weak ties. Strong ties can be more homophilistic. Our closest friends are often those who are most like us. This means that they might have information that is most relevant to us, but it also means that it is information to which we may already be exposed. In contrast, our weaker relationships are often with people who are more distant both geographically and demographically. Their information is less redundant. Even though we talk to these people less frequently, we have so many weak ties that they end up being a sizable source of information, especially of information to which we don’t otherwise have access.

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A quick search throws up several hits for homophily and homophilic. One of which is

Tendency for people to maintain relationships with people who are similar to themselves, as characterized by age, race, gender, religion, or profession

Or as another put it "birds of a feather flock together"
A similar search for the suffix -istic shows that it is a way of making an adjective from a noun.

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