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19.07.2020 | Symposium: Reflections Before, During and Beyond COVID-19 | Ausgabe 4/2020 Open Access

Society 4/2020

Social Distancing, Safe Spaces and the Demand for Quarantine

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Frank Furedi
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Abstract

Social distance has been a topic of interest in sociology for more than a century before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas in the past it referred to the distance between groups in more recent times it signifies the space between individuals. The aspiration for safe space and personal boundaries in recent years indicated that social distancing has acquired an increasingly individuated and privatised form. This article suggests that the demand for safe space can be interpreted as a demand for a quarantine from psychic threats. This pre-existing demand for a quarantine from criticism and pressure has seamlessly meshed with the imperative of social distancing in the COVID-19 era.
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