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proxemics

[prok-see-miks] /prɒkˈsi mɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
Sociology, Psychology. the study of the spatial requirements of humans and animals and the effects of population density on behavior, communication, and social interaction.
2.
Linguistics. the study of the symbolic and communicative role in a culture of spatial arrangements and variations in distance, as in how far apart individuals engaged in conversation stand depending on the degree of intimacy between them.
Compare personal space.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; prox(imity) + -emics (extracted from phonemics); apparently coined by U.S. anthropologist Edward T. Hall (born 1914)
Related forms
proxemic, adjective
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  • Two forms of group structure are networks and proxemics.
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proxemics

/prɒkˈsɪːmɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the study of spatial interrelationships in humans or in populations of animals of the same species
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Word Origin and History for proxemics
n.

1963, coined from proximity + -emics.

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