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Simmel also explained that with an increasing size, bonds between people tend to loosen and the individual becomes distant. This brings us to distance. Distance, as we’ve researched in the stranger, places an individual as “ neither too close nor too far ” which means that an individual can remain as a part of the group, but also keep distant being as they are more of an unknown individual to the group. Social distance also plays a role with relationships between one another. A great example would be people from the city and people from the country and within that society, social class, poverty, race, and sometimes gender. The relationship between people from the city and people from the country are very distant, segmental, because of the way of life that they pursue. In the country, they are very small towns and most, if not all, people know each other, while in a city people tend to keep to themselves. Within a county or city there is a separation between social class; the rich live in the rich neighborhoods, middle class live in middle class neighborhoods, and lower live in lower class neighborhoods. In many counties, you see a part of town that is African American dominant and other parts are more diverse, in the county of Tifton, Georgia, the poverty stricken areas are mobile homes and predominately African American families. Conclusion It is important to understand the concepts of the stranger and double consciousness because it gives us a starting point of researching how social interaction works and the effects of social distance we create because of our social class, race, gender, so on and so forth. One must understand these concepts to be able to comprehend exactly what it is that they are studying and develop different ways to conduct their study. Understanding culture can assist in a study of society as well because it helps break down social groups and you can break it down to something such as groups that interact because of cultural similarities. Do they not interact with another
STRANGER AND DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS 7 individual because of cultural differences? These can be answered by understanding culture in society. Knowing how group size impacts one’s behavior is important as well because that is a vantage point for research. From a larger group, you can break down how you need to in order to complete a study. Group size shows us what helps and what are the problems in society, understanding that the larger the group, the more frequent the problems, tells us that smaller groups would be more beneficial to society and an individual. Lastly, social distance plays a crucial role in human interaction, the further apart we are (either physically or mentally), then the further the bond we have as human beings, which in turn effects society as a whole. References Ritzer, G. (2011). Classical Sociological Theory , (6th Ed). Boston: McGraw Hill. Itzigsohn, J., Brown, K. (2015). Sociology and the Theory of Double Consciousness: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Phenomenology of Racialized Subjectivity , retrieved from the APUS library. Cole, N.L. (2017).  Understanding Max Weber’s “Iron Cage”  retrieved from  .

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