tacit culture

(noun) Social knowledge of which people are usually unaware of and is not discussed.

Example: The unspoken distance between two people during conversations based on the situation. A researcher would note nods, posture and touching while collecting demographic information.

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  • Plural: tacit cultures
  • Tacit culture is compared and contrasted to explicit culture.
  • Edward Hall (1914–2009) developed the concept of tacit culture and proxemics. Hall studied the distances between people during conversations as an example of tacit culture. Hall also coined the term proxemics, which is the study of space during interpersonal communication.

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