Social Distancing Is Not What You Think

3 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2020

Date Written: July 27, 2020


“Social Distancing” appears to be a facially neutral term that expresses itself in an objective manner. Yet, it has a history that shows it is deeply intertwined with social justice. Meaning is not simply found in the abstract, but needs context and history to fully mine how terms are received as well as intended.

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Friedland, Steven, Social Distancing Is Not What You Think (July 27, 2020). Elon University Law Legal Studies Research Paper, Available at SSRN: or

Steven Friedland (Contact Author)

Elon University School of Law ( email )

201 N. Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
United States

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