|Re: Terminology: "physical distancing" vs "social distancing"||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Elizabeth Magill (pastorlizmgmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2020 13:49:18 -0700 (PDT)|
It's my job as a pastor to help keep my congregation's social connections happening, while helping people understand they need to practice physical distancing from other people. And so that is the language I use: physical distancing, most often mentioning that what we are keeping distant from is other people. Liz Mosaic Commons Cohousing in Berlin, MA On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 4:13 PM David Jaggar <davidjaggar [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > I’ve felt uncomfortable using the term “social distancing” ever since it > suddenly began to have ubiquitous global usage once coronavirus became an > epidemic and then a pandemic. The constructive alternative phrase that I, > and now many others, have adopted is “physical distancing.” > > Social distance means something along the lines of the extent to which > individual or groups are removed or excluded from participating in each > other lives. It just seemed to me social distancing was the last thing we > wanted in the context of isolation and shelter in place measures, and so > on. It is on these occasions that more than ever we desire social > connection. > > (Then, in international sociology, for example, “social distance” has a > well-established more technical meaning, and is measured according to the > Bogardus Social Distance Scale, as a measure of separation from other > people or groups, and this meaning is searchable on the Internet for those > interested.) > > So within community and cohousing networks and elsewhere I’d like to > suggest dropping the term “social distancing” in favour of “physical > distancing” or some such equivalent. > > David. > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > > -- -Liz (The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries www.elizabethmaemagill.com 508-450-0431
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