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In the everyday, but unspoken give-and-take of human relationships, the "silent language" plays a vitally important role. Here, a leading American anthropologist has analyzed the many qays in which people "talk" to one another without the use of words. 

The pecking order in a chicken yard, the fierce competition in a school playground, every unwitting gesture and action—this is the vocabulary of the "silent language." According to Dr. Hall, the concepts of space and time are tools with which all human beings may transmit messages. Space, for example, is the outgrowth of an animal''s instinctive defense of his lair and is reflected in human society by the office worker''s jealous defense of his desk, or the guarded, walled patio of a Latin-American home. Similarly, the concept of time, varying from Western precision to Easter vagueness, is revealed by the businessman who pointedly keeps a client waiting, or the South Pacific islander who murders his neighbor for an injustice suffered twenty years ago.

"THE SILENT LANGUAGE shows how cultural factors influence the individual behind his back, wihtout his knowledge." —Erich Fromm

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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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ropologist 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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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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Edward T. Hall was a widely traveled anthropologist whose fieldwork took him all over the world—from the Pueblo cultures of the American Southwest to Europe and the Middle East. As director of the State Department’s Point Four Training Program in the 1950s, Dr. Hall’s mission was to teach foreign-bound technicians and administrators how to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. He was a consultant to architects on human factors in design and to business and government agencies in the field of intercultural relations, and had taught at the University of Denver, Bennington College, the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Harvard Business School, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University.
            Dr. Hall was born in Webster Groves, Missouri. He received an A.B. degree from the University of Denver, and M.A. from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. He lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, until his death in 2009.

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C. Davis
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USEFUL ANALYSIS OF CULTURE
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2005
Mr. Hall expounds a couple of key thesis. First, culture is not just the medium of communication. It is a method of communication all on its own. Second, if one "maps" cultural characteristics in ten "primary messaging systems", one can gain insight into the formal,... See more
Mr. Hall expounds a couple of key thesis. First, culture is not just the medium of communication. It is a method of communication all on its own. Second, if one "maps" cultural characteristics in ten "primary messaging systems", one can gain insight into the formal, informal, and technical aspects of that culture. Those ten primary messaging systems are: (1) Interaction, (2) association, (3) subsistence, (4) bisexuality, (5) territoriality, (6) temporality, (7) learning, (8) play, (9) defense, and (10) exploitation.

This book is indeed somewhat dated, but one can certainly see that the use of this monograph is that it provides a systematic way of analyzing culture. This can be useful when traveling or working abroad. Likewise, one could use these templates to improve ones understanding of his own culture. It is this latter purpose that makes this book relevant today.

The Silent Language is short enough to be easily read. However, for the sake of brevity, it sacrifices a more systemic or detailed analysis. As such, the author resorts to a limited amount of anecdotal information to support his framework. Anecdotal information is useful, but some more statistical analysis might be worthwhile. Indeed, one could argue that defining each primary messaging system as a collection of "sets", it would be possible to apply set theory from mathematics to anthropology.

While I have trouble believing that culture is a form of communication vice a medium of communication, I will probably use Mr. Hall''s framework to analyze the "culture" each job and workplace that I deal with in the future. Likewise, I think anyone who works in management or leadership jobs would find this book useful.
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Taylor Ellwood
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An intriguing exploration of time from a cultural studies perspective
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2009
In this book, Hall explores the intricacies of time and space from a cultural studies perspective. Although this book is a bit dated, the information is still very relevant, and what Hell offers is an examination of how much our perception of time influences our cultural... See more
In this book, Hall explores the intricacies of time and space from a cultural studies perspective. Although this book is a bit dated, the information is still very relevant, and what Hell offers is an examination of how much our perception of time influences our cultural and everyday interactions. For example, learning just how tightly time is wound for Americans as opposed to other cultures is quite insightful to the workaholicism that pervades American culture. Hall touches on some aspects of space as well, though you''ll find more of his thoughts on it, in the hidden dimension. What I most enjoyed about this book is an exploration of time from a social science perspective as opposed to a hard science perspective. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in understanding concepts of space and time.
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This is a great book for executives
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The book was delivered quickly and was exactly as described.
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but still a good and enlightening read
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2018
Some cultural references are becoming a tiny bit outdated, but still a good and enlightening read.
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Arrived in perfect condition and exactly what I ordered! Thanks!
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Luis R. Miranda
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So far the best book about non-verbal communication that I have ever read
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2017
So far the best book about non-verbal communication that I have ever read. I have bought it several times and given to relatives.
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but chock full of good information.
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A bit outdated, but chock full of good information.
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Much ado about little
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2019
The author breaks down the logic behind non-linguistic communication and different attitudes towards different ideas/concepts. Fine. And interesting from this point of view. But from the practical ... if someone has some cultural experience around the world this book is...See more
The author breaks down the logic behind non-linguistic communication and different attitudes towards different ideas/concepts. Fine. And interesting from this point of view. But from the practical ... if someone has some cultural experience around the world this book is about the obvious. A lengthy repetition, in multiple ways, about the obvious. And it becomes boring and repetitive.
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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...See more
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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The book was obviously old and perhaps had not been stored very well. However it provided the information I needed
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