What are Affinity Blocs and Gateway Clusters?
- Affinity BLOC:
- All the peoples in the list, who either live in the 10/40 Window or have
cultural roots in the area, are broadly grouped into 12 blocs with
affinities based on language, culture, religion, politics. In nearly every
Bloc there are widely dissimilar and unrelated linguistic minorities, but
often there is one particular culture that is dominant.
- People Cluster:
- Within each Affinity Bloc are a number of more closely related peoples
which, for strategic purposes, may be clustered together. These
relationships are often based on a common identity of language and name but
sometimes on the basis of culture, religion, economy, or dominance of one
group over another. Most peoples in the List may be grouped in this way in
People "Clusters" and almost all have total populations of over one million.
In each Affinity Bloc are a number of, usually, smaller peoples which do not
easily fit into the 140 or so Gateway Peoples listed here; these are grouped
in the category "Other". It is likely that each People Cluster will need an
international partnership of Christian churches and agencies for the effective
evangelization of each constituent people.
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