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high contact cultures

John O'Connell


Cultures in which there is a high degree of physical contact or proximity. This is reflected in the extent to which people within a culture touch, embrace, shake hands, or stand close to one another. South American cultures are for the most part high contact cultures, whereas US and Canadian cultures are low contact. Difficulties occur when people of both types of culture meet: feeling your space is being invaded by someone standing too close; feeling that friendship and trust are lacking because someone is standing too far away during conversation; uncomfortable feelings from being touched; or a feeling of unfriendliness from not being touched, may arise. In order to manage living and working in a culture successfully, knowledge about the expected degree of contact is helpful. ( 1976 ). Islam: Its Meaning and Message . London : Islamic Council of Europe . ( 1992 ). Cultural Guide to Doing Business in Europe , 2nd edn. Boston, MA : Butterworth‐Heinemann . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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