Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

...everyone else I usually do what I am told to do. Some years ago my friend and colleague, Robert L. Stewart, Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina, told me that my writing through 1970...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xx

...Often enough it is easier to grasp a book and what it is up to and what is going on in it if the reader has some notion of how and why it came to be written and what the issues were which impelled the author to write it. For such a book as this...

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I. Explanation

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pp. 1-88

...itself a mode of human behavior. No matter how carefully we may observe nonverbal behavior, no matter what safeguards for that observation we may set up, no matter how exacting the controls, we still must state...

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II. The Nonverbal

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pp. 89-154

...Words are instructions or directions for behavior, and they may be responded to either appropriately or inappropriately, but the appropriateness or inappropriateness depends upon the judgment of someone. The appropriateness and inappropriateness...

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III. Culture and Social Institutions

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pp. 155-244

...For human beings, the world consists of signs, and it is impossible for human beings to consider the world, or themselves, from a metasemiotic point of view or position. The world is an immense tapestry of...

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IV. The Individual

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pp. 245-284

...By "individual" I mean the individual organism as mere observable configuration—a mere sign—separable from its ground. There is no difficulty in the notion that the individual as an observable physiological organism is an entity. All...

Index

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pp. 285-290

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About the Author

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pp. 291-291

...Morse Peckham is professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of South Carolina; he has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University. Peckham's most recent publications...