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proxemics

Proxemics is the study of the physical space between people. If you're interested in the way a city's density (the number of people who live in a certain area) affects its population, you might want to study proxemics.

Cultural anthropologists and sociologists sometimes study proxemics. This branch of knowledge looks at the distances between people in a few different ways, from the area you call your own (like your bedroom or apartment) to the space between you and others on a crowded elevator. When you look at proxemics, you can see the overlap with proximity — both words describe nearness, and come from the Latin proximus, "nearest or next."

Definitions of proxemics
  1. noun
    the study of spatial distances between individuals in different cultures and situations
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    social science
    the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society
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