Physical Space In America

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The society that we live in defines what is believed to be the “correct” way to view physical space between those around us. In particular, America has specific contexts demonstrating how much space should be occupied between two people. A large space generally occurs between two strangers because in societal terms the lack of space between others indicates how much trust we exhibit with the other person. Similarly, a small space occurs between a friend or significant other and indicates the comfort he or she feels with each other. Furthermore, gender roles, which our society has created, dictate these rules and provide a basis of how we are to act. For example, women are expected to stand very close to each other because they are considered to be emotional beings that provide affection towards one another. Whereas, men are considered unemotional and therefore are expected to not prefer to be in contact with each other. In the reading, “Encounters …show more content…

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