I see a lot of sentences with "the fabric of X" in them.
- "The veteran feels trusted, respected and understood -- re-integrated into the fabric of his or her homeland."
- "Half a century ago, working quietly in a New Orleans laboratory, Ruth Benerito helped smooth the fabric of modern life"
- "A joint and concerted effort is needed to restore the fabric of communities..."
- "This is the fabric of the social contract that each generation knows..."
Why did those authors choose to include it? In other words, what effect in a literary sense does it bring? How does the meaning change without "the fabric of"?
The reason why I asked is that if I removed "the fabric of," the sentences seemed perfectly fine, if not more concise. I might be wrong.