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Communicative Behavior of Russian School Children (a Comparative Aspect)

Type of publication: Research Article

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Yuliia N. Fedenok | fedenok.julia@gmail.com | Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology RAS


nonverbal communication, spatial behavior, personal distance, tactile contacts, body orientation, russian school children, eye contact


The spatial behavior of humans is influenced by a number of factors: gender, age, culture, ethnicity of partners, degree of their familiarity, region (or place) of their residence. The undertaken comparative study of the spatial behavior of Russian school children, which resided in four different places differing both by the ethnic composition and by the sociocultural setting (city/small town/village), has shown that representatives of the same ethnic-cultural group (Russians) have considerable differences. Underestimating the role of non-verbal communication can lead to social tensions and confl icts in various settings including school collectives. Practical recommendations of specialists in non-verbal communication may substantially facilitate the process of mutual adaptation of migrants (or incomers) and the receiving population.


Fedenok, Y.N. 2012. Communicative Behavior of Russian School Children (a Comparative Aspect). Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 5: 119-138

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