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  • The distance between different groups in society. Location distance and social distance are two very distinct concepts. Social distance plays out strongly especially in large cities, such as New York, especially Manhattan. There one has people living in similar locations or neighborhoods, but their social distance is great because of social class, wealth, race, ethnicity, and other social characteristics. Each social entity can have a different mental outlook or perception of life, and communication between the two is very low context. William Julius Wilson (1987) argued that social isolation, or limited social contacts of inner-city communities with mainstream society, led to a variety of social problems, including welfare, dependency, drop out rates, crime, and other social pathologies. This concept of social distance and isolation applies ...

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