, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 55-79

The proxemics lexicon: A first approximation

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Abstract

A lexicon of terms used in research and theory of human spatial and territorial behavior is presented. The need for greater consistency and refinement in the terminology of these fields, in light of growing research attention, is discussed.

The bulk of the work on this document has been initiated and carried out at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, while the author was on a Nuffield Foundation Traveling Fellowship, 1978–1979.
During that time, Roger Lamb and Peter Collett of Oxford University kindly provided their comments and suggestions on the manuscript. The remainder of the work was carried out in 1982 while I was a visiting professor in the congenial environment of the Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.
My main indebtness, however, is to my wife, Irena Goltz, without whose direct and indirect support and encouragement neither this nor other work would ever be originated, carried out, or completed. It is to her, therefore, that I direct my words of thanks and gratitude for the assistance in the work on this project.