Status and sex: Some touching observations
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- Henley, N.M. Bull. Psychon. Soc. (1973) 2: 91. doi:10.3758/BF03327726
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An observational study of touching in public was made, with attention to status variables (sex, race, age, SES) and settings. Results support the hypothesis that touch privilege is a correlate of status. The dual nature of touch as a sign of both status and solidarity is compared with Brown’s formulation of the similar use of terms of address.