Definitions for proxemicsprɒkˈsi mɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prox•e•mics*prɒkˈsi mɪks(n.)

  1. the study of varying patterns of physical proximity in human or animal populations, esp. their role in social interaction and their effect on behavior.

    Category: Sociology, Psychology, Language/Linguistics

* (used with a sing. v.).

Origin of proxemics:

1960–65; prox (imity ) +-emics (extracted from phonemics )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. proxemics(noun)

    the study of spatial distances between individuals in different cultures and situations


  1. proxemics(Noun)

    The study of the effects of the physical distance between people in different cultures and societies


  1. Proxemics

    Proxemics is a subcategory of the study of nonverbal communication along with haptics, kinesics, vocalics, and chronemics. Proxemics can be defined as "the interrelated observations and theories of man's use of space as a specialized elaboration of culture". Edward T. Hall, the cultural anthropologist who coined the term in 1963, emphasized the impact of proxemic behavior on interpersonal communication. Hall believed that the value in studying proxemics comes from its applicability in evaluating not only the way people interact with others in daily life, but also "the organization of space in [their] houses and buildings, and ultimately the layout of [their] towns. In animals, Swiss zoologist Heini Hediger had distinguished between flight distance, critical distance, personal distance, and social distance. Hall reasoned that, with very few exceptions, flight distance and critical distance have been eliminated in human reactions, and thus interviewed hundreds of people to determine modified criteria for human interactions.


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