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So can a Roman view of friendship give us any insight into this clannish tendency?
IRISH jump jockeys are clannish in the best sense of the word, and they are rallying round for a big charity night organised by Seamus Durack's mum, Tish Bruen Durack, in County Tipperary on February 3.
It is equally understandable that professionals who travel and train together will become clannish and seek to protect each other when the going gets tough.
In his writings he complained that the Japanese were clannish, insular and parochial, and one hundred years later the eminent Japanologist, Edward Seidensticker, was asserting the same thing in This Country Japan, published in 1984.
s future, mixed with a brawling, clannish protectiveness.
But shortly thereafter, a younger brother of the "Bani Rashid" group - Shaikh Mana Bin Rashid - resumed the clannish war and helped establish a new Municipal Council, to rival Said's own diwan (office).
The clannish intolerance even extends to Japanese children who have lived abroad for a few years.
Jews were supposedly rootless, clannish and omnipotent, with no loyalty to any nation.
To the small and somewhat clannish Indian tennis fraternity, the most comfortable existence was that of the duo thriving on the Tour with their respective partners, coming together only for the team events like Davis Cup or the multi-discipline affairs.
Believe me, this is not the ethics of building a nation, but clannish kingdoms.
The university is also an equal opportunity employer, making great strides to do away with nepotism and clannish tendencies - attitudes that are still quite common in a lot of (African) countries," he said.