Beyond Culture - Study Guide Chapter 10, Action Chains Summary & Analysis

Edward T. Hall
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An action chain is defined as a set sequence of events in which two or more individuals participate. Action chains are similar to situation frames and can be simple, complex, or derived. The time span of an action chain can be from less than a second to a whole lifetime.

Action chains can also be considered as transactions in the same way that transactional psychologists use the term and who categorize them into three basic types. The first category is transactions with inanimate environments and man's extensions such as designing and erecting buildings. The second category is transactions with living things such as other human beings and plants or animals. The third category is the intrapsychic transaction between different parts or levels of the human psyche.

Cultures other than the Western European culture divide the universe differently, such as the culture...

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