communities and institutions


As inequality has increased, the country has witnessed a fraying of communities and institutions and deepening divisions along socioeconomic lines. < --- >
Source: Melissa S. Kearney. "How Should Governments Address Inequality?"

What does "a fraying of communities and institutions" mean?
It is "a fraying between the public and the gov",
or "a fraying between the anti-establishment and the establishment",
or "a fraying among various communities and a fraying among various institutions"?

See also a relating thread: a fraying of

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  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    It is the last, though I cannot tell exactly what communities and institutions the writer is referring to, that they should fray as a result of inequality.