public distance


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A personal space at the far end of the territory in which humans operate

public distance

Psychology A space at the far end of the territory in which social humans operate. See Proxemics. Cf Intimate distance, Personal distance, Social distance.
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Morgan has deliberately kept his public distance since officially checking in at Wolves last August, leaving the media profile of the club to chief executive Jez Moxey.
van Leeuwen theorises that this combined loudness and distance suggests 'a set of possible social relations' between sounds and listeners which may vary from 'close' (intimate, personal and informal distance) to more 'distant' (formal and public distance) (van Leeuwen 1999, p.
* Public distance: the relation between the sound and the listener 'stretches the limits' and is regarded as one would regard someone who can only just be reached when one shouts at the top of one's voice--hence it is realised by maximally loud sound.
Hall termed "social distance" of the jurors, while a defendant seated at the far table is relegated to what Hall called "public distance." (30) Hall argued that proximity matters: Social distance is used by "people who work together," (31) while persons at a public distance are outside the "circle of involvement" and are more likely to be perceived in a "formal style." (32) Professor Jeffrey S.
Hall identified four zones of space around the person: "intimate distance" (from six to eighteen inches); "personal distance" (from eighteen inches to four feet); "social distance" (from four to twelve feet); and "public distance" (over twelve feet away).
It can be hardest to take advice from close ones and, while temper tantrums may be okay behind closed doors, maintaining a professional public distance can be hard.
Secound, the "culture wars": not the set of sound bite spitting barbarians of the Right against the Struggling Arts, but rather--as an indicator of postmodern public distance from a shared culture engaged with a broad-based politics--the shift into escapism, identity politics, consumer gadgetry, cults of markets and money.
Kissinger was dogged by charges he had promoted the military coup against an elected Allende government, and he sought to maintain a cool public distance from Pinochet.
Public distance, the next "invisible", begins at 12 feet.