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5.2F: Personal Space
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- Explain how the use of personal space can convey social relationships between people in various cultures
- In general, the more intimate the relationship, the closer one is able to go into another’s personal space. Negotiating these boundaries reflects on social proximity.
- Sociologists study personal space precisely because of social implications of distance in regard to relationships.
- Senses of personal space are culturally defined. Those who live in urban areas tend to require less personal space, for example. People in Western culture have different notions of personal space than people elsewhere.
- personal space: The physical space closely surrounding a person, which, if encroached upon, can lead to discomfort, anger or anxiety.