social distance

noun Sociology.
the extent to which individuals or groups are removed from or excluded from participating in one another's lives.
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Example sentences
Inequality divides people by increasing the social distance between groups of
  people, lifestyles and living standards.
The social distance between rich and poor may be vast, but the geographical gap
  is negligible.
Although social distance has some undesirable effects on communities, it also
  gives people the space they may expect or require.
With the physical distance of students from one another, there also comes a
  social distance.
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