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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Usage Notes:

  • 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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Works Consulted

Encyclopædia Britannica. (N.d.) Britannica Digital Learning. (https://britannicalearn.com/).

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

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How to Cite the Definition of Tacit Culture

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “tacit culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/tacit-culture/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

tacit culture. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/tacit-culture/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “tacit culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/tacit-culture/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“tacit culture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Jun. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/tacit-culture/>.