sequestration of experience

sequestration of experience

the separation in modern societies of day-to-day life from full contact with experiences such as madness, sickness and death which in historical societies forced people to confront and cope with disturbing existential questions. The effect of this sequestration, according to GIDDENS (1991), is a social and moral impoverishment that increases the incidence of ONTOLOGICAL INSECURITY.
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