9780471183426

Gestures : The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World

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  • ISBN13:

    9780471183426

  • ISBN10:

    0471183423

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-10-28
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Summary

As featured in the New York Times and Reader's Digest "An eye-opener into the pitfalls awaiting the unaware traveler." -Washington Post "Can save the innocent abroad from great gobs of serious trouble." -Chicago Tribune Before you raise your hand to signal the waiter, extend your thumb to hitchhike, or flash the "O.K." sign with thumb and forefinger, Stop! Think of where you are and exactly what you are trying to say-otherwise you could create an international incident. Remember when President Bush thought he was flashing the "V" for Victory sign to cheering Australians? (See inside.) Exploring the ins and outs of body language from head to toe, this newly revised and expanded edition of Roger Axtell's indispensable guide takes you all around the world of gestures-what they mean, how to use them, and when to avoid them. This latest edition includes: * Updates about the 200 most popular gestures and signals-and dozens of new examples * New sections covering special gestures-from American Sign Language and tai chi to flirting and kissing * Information to guide you through gestures country by country-from Switzerland to Japan, Nigeria to the Netherlands * Amusing anecdotes and helpful hypothetical scenarios

Author Biography

ROGER E. AXTELL is a popular after-dinner speaker and the bestselling author of seven Do’s and Taboos books (all available from Wiley), including Do’s and Taboos Around the World and Do’s and Taboos of Preparing for Your Trip Abroad. He lives in Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Preface ix(3)
Acknowledgments xii(3)
Introduction xv
1 The Power of Gestures
1(14)
The Science of Gestures
5(2)
Gestures Are Important
7(6)
Conclusion
13(2)
2 The Most Popular Gestures
15(38)
Greetings
17(8)
Farewells
25(2)
Beckoning
27(3)
Insulting Gestures
30(9)
Touching
39(4)
The "O.K." Sign
43(2)
Thumbs-Up Gesture
45(2)
"V" for Victory
47(2)
Vertical Horns, or "Hook 'em Horns"
49(4)
3 Special Types of Gestures
53(10)
American Sign Language (ASL)
54(2)
Tai Chi
56(1)
Flirting
57(2)
Kissing
59(2)
A Challenge to Readers
61(2)
4 Gestures: Head to Toe
63(54)
Head and Face
64(3)
Eyes
67(3)
Ears
70(1)
Nose
71(4)
Cheeks
75(1)
Lips and Mouth
76(3)
Chin
79(2)
Arms
81(4)
Hands
85(20)
Fingers
105(6)
Legs and Feet
111(3)
Full Body
114(3)
5 The Ultimate Gesture
117(4)
6 The Innocent Abroad's Shortlist
121(8)
7 Country-by-Country Listing
129(104)
Europe
131(31)
Middle East and Africa
162(13)
Pacific and Asia
175(33)
Central and South America
208(18)
United States and Canada
226(7)
Additional Reading 233(2)
Index 235

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