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Silent Language (Anchor Books) [Paperback]

Edward T. Hall
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1 July 1988 Anchor Books
Leading anthropologist Hall analyzes the many aspects of non-verbal communication and considers the concepts of space and time as tools for transmission of messages. His stimulating work is of interest to both the intelligent general reader and the sophisticated social scientist.

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  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reissue edition (1 July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385055498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385055499
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?This intent, intermittently fascinating, sometimes jumpy book is a direct reflection of the life that Dr. Hall has lived for the last twenty years as a field worker among primitive people, a teacher and trainer of men bound for overseas, an analyst of perplexing cross-cultural failures and a pursuer of an individual system of scientific analysis of culture.?-Margaret Mead --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In 1962 this book was provided to all Peace Corps Volunteers as part of their preparation for working abroad in non-U.S. cultures. Hall describes categories of communication which can be used to compare any two cultures. He discusses not only conversation but a number of non-verbal communication areas, with good illustrative scenarios, for the variety of attitudes toward personal space, use of time, interaction with authorities and the law, etc. His ideas seem congruent with Marshall McLuhan's famous concept of "the medium as the message." For me, --as a very verbal person, an artist, and a world traveler-- this book provided new and useful insights about inter- and intracultural communication. It is clearly organized, well written, fascinating, and as relevant to today's global communication as when it was written.
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Quite aged now, this classic text of how non-verbal communication influences behaviour is a must for anyone studying anthroplogy, psychology or a number of related subjects. Written in a straight-forward tone, it is an easy and enjoyable read for anyone.
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Hall delves into most of the possible modes of non-verbal communication. You will learn consciously what you have been doing unconsciously and will learn much about reading others' emotions and thoughts by their behavior. A real winner! Also a good companion volume to Morris's "The Naked Ape."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Language 27 April 2014
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The book was obviously old and perhaps had not been stored very well. However it provided the information I needed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read me, I'll change your life... 28 Sep 2013
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I first read this for a Poly project as a youngster. Its brilliance is built on what you know, or think you know, but perhaps don't fully appreciate until you are told or have it explained to you. ET Hall is a level above. Have a read, it'll highlight so much, you'll be surprised, and very impressed.
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