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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of the cultural, behavioral, and sociological aspects of spatial distances between individuals.

[prox(imity) + -emics (as in phonemics).]

prox·e′mic adj.


1. (Sociology) (functioning as singular) the study of spatial interrelationships in humans or in populations of animals of the same species
2. (Zoology) (functioning as singular) the study of spatial interrelationships in humans or in populations of animals of the same species


(prɒkˈsi mɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the study of varying patterns of physical proximity in human or animal populations, esp. their role in social interaction and their effect on behavior.
[1960–65; prox (imity) + -emics (extracted from phonemics)]
prox•e′mic, adj.
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Noun1.proxemics - the study of spatial distances between individuals in different cultures and situations
social science - the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society
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The code may thus be a language, a system used in politics (the regulating rules pertaining to economic development), proxemics (interpreting unconscious nonverbal language, such as subtle distance change) and the like.
proxemics (location of the interlocutors in the communication space and their position towards each other, including the distance between them)
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Sue and Sue (2008) explained that cultural differences could cause misunderstandings of implicit communication, including proxemics (interpersonal space), kinesics (body movements), paralanguage (vocal cues) and high-low context communication (degree of reliance on non-verbal cues).
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Ultimately, horizontal individualism pays homage to personal autonomy, self-realization, tolerance and respect to the personal proxemics.
The importance of proxemics at work (space and human comfort in the work environment).
Has our society deteriorated to such a degree that writers believe showing a student using threatening proxemics and aggressive physical contact to ask for a teacher's assistance is acceptable?
Research on nonverbal communication, from Darwin's study The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), to contemporary research on kinesics, proxemics, chronemics, and haptics, will provide the theoretical basis.
In doing foreign language theater with my students, I found that we could effectively experiment with culturally specific gestures, proxemics, expressions, and accents; but, unlike most of my colleagues in the business of foreign language performance, I do not believe we need to strive to locate and adopt the identity, linguistic or otherwise, of the foreign culture behind the original cultural "text" be it written, audiovisual, or live.
A "happening" is a physical interactive mechanism, an artistic expression, frequently multi-disciplinary, characterized by the participation of spectators in a situation of personal and intimate proxemics.