A modest test of cross-cultural differences in sexual modesty, embarrassment and self-disclosure

  title={A modest test of cross-cultural differences in sexual modesty, embarrassment and self-disclosure},
  author={H. W. Smith},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
  • H. W. Smith
  • Published 1 September 1980
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative Sociology
Borrowing Hall's (1976) analytic distinction between Low and High Context Cultures, seven hypotheses distinguishing German nudists (low context) from French nudists (high context) are deduced. Data collected at public nudism beaches in France and Germany supports these differences; namely, that Germans have more overt time-space segmentation of activities, less differentiation of sexuality and sensuality, less body display, more male-dominated cross-sex body contact, more segregation of parts… 
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