Watching the English

Watching the English

The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

Book - 2014
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In this completely revised and updated edition of international bestseller WATCHING THE ENGLISH, anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people.

Now with new survey data to add weight to her original fieldwork findings, and more extensive field-research and experiments to back up earlier observations, Kate Fox has deciphered yet more enigmatic behaviour codes, adding new rules, new subcultures, new chapters and over 100 updates. If you're English, this new edition of Kate Fox's acclaimed international bestseller will make you stand back and re-examine everything you take for granted - and if you aren't English you'll finally understand all our peculiar little ways.

WATCHING THE ENGLISH has sold more than half a million copies and has been translated into many languages. Not only a worldwide bestseller, but also a set text for university anthropology courses, WATCHING THE ENGLISH has been widely praised as a revealing and entertaining dissection of the English national character.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2014.
Edition: Revised.
ISBN: 9781444787399
144478739X
Branch Call Number: 306.0942 FOX 2014
Characteristics: 583 pages ; 24 cm

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ezhurbin Mar 26, 2017

Mixed feelings about this book, because some chapters are humours and amusing, while others are dry and boring. The book provides insights into the "strange" behavior of English people and explains behavioral rules and codes for every occasion- work, play, pub, home, sex, food, clothers, hobbies, etc. The key takeaway from the book-English are a bit inhibited, but alcohol and self-deprecating humour are the best social lubricants. Overall, it's an interesting book for any anglophile, but be wary of some repetitiousness.

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pragensis
Dec 12, 2015

Reading Watching the English is like deep-diving into the mysterious waters of the English social life. Someone please write the same book about the French! (So that we can die laughing.)

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AdrienneC
Apr 12, 2005

A fascinating and very funny look at what makes English people tick. The author, herself English, pokes fun at herself, her profession, and her countrymen and -women while identifying the traits that distinguish the English from other nationalities: use of humour, avoidance of fuss, modesty, class-consciousness, moaning, strong support of fair play, and others. I found that I enjoyed the book most a chapter at a time -- while it''s very entertaining it''s also quite dense and Fox imparts a great deal of information in each section.

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