1. A synonym for aesthetic distance.
2. A synonym for the Brechtian alienation effect.
3. (sociology) A concept with both spatial and emotional dimensions, in which for individuals in modern society there is increasingly less connection between psychological distance or closeness and physical distance or proximity in regular social relations. This is in part related to the affordances of modern media of interpersonal communication, which can help to sustain what might otherwise be weak ties. It is also a feature of disembedding.
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