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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour


Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

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    Kate Fox(Author)

In WATCHING THE ENGLISH anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour. Her minute observation of the way we talk, dress, eat, drink, work, play, shop, drive, flirt, fight, queue - and moan about it all - exposes the hidden rules that we all unconsciously obey.

The rules of weather-speak. The Importance of Not Being Earnest rule. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex apology rule. The paranoid-pantomime rule. Class indicators and class anxiety tests. The money-talk taboo. Humour rules. Pub etiquette. Table manners. The rules of bogside reading. The dangers of excessive moderation. The eccentric-sheep rule. The English 'social dis-ease'.

Through a mixture of anthropological analysis and her own unorthodox experiments (using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig), Kate Fox discovers what these unwritten behaviour codes tell us about Englishness.

If you like this kind of anthropology (and I do) there is a wealth of it to enjoy in this book. Her observations are acute...fortunately she doesn't write like an anthropologist but like an English woman -with amusement, not solemnity, able to laugh at herself as well as us. (Daily Mail)I loved the section on mobile-phone etiquette. Shrewd...I liked the chapter on English humour. This is an entertaining, clever book. Do read it and then pass it on. (Daily Telegraph)

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Book details

  • PDF | 432 pages
  • Kate Fox(Author)
  • Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (26 April 2004)
  • English
  • 2
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

Review Text

  • By Emptiness on 27 June 2017

    Excellent second edition (I have both) updated to include how the internet and mobile technology, among other things, have impacted British life.Kate maintains her love/hate relationship with her fellow Albions, freely venting her frustrations with our quirks and oddities with lashing of humour and sharp insights.Recommended for natives and foreigners alike!

  • By puddleshark on 21 July 2017

    Irresistible, entertaining, amusing, fascinating read. Get a different understanding and notice patterns in everyday human / cultural interactions.

  • By Laura79 on 7 February 2015

    I love this book. everything that didn't make sense about the English, now does. really good sense of humour as well. If you want to understand a bit more about the English, you must read this book.

  • By Lorraine on 14 May 2016

    A lot of work studying a gone into this book, it's a bit slow at the beginning I nearly didn't bother reading it and the print is tiny I hate that.

  • By Ryosuke Y. on 4 December 2016

    Hilarious book, a great read for a commute or a flight.

  • By Orion on 2 February 2016

    Awesome! Entertaining and addictive. You won't be able to put it down. Audio version has excellent reader..

  • By S. Doyle on 20 June 2017

    Dry in parts. Could have been much more condensed. And if she name-dropped her father's research once, she did it a thousand times!

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