Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 91–93

Status and sex: Some touching observations

  • Nancy M. Henley
Human Memory, Learning, & Thinking Social Processes

DOI: 10.3758/BF03327726

Cite this article as:
Henley, N.M. Bull. Psychon. Soc. (1973) 2: 91. doi:10.3758/BF03327726


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.

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© The Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy M. Henley
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.SomervilleUSA

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