Watching the English

Watching the English

The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

Book - 2004
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In Watching The English anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks and habits of the English people. From the most famous national traits through to the most bizarre reflex reactions, she holds a mirror up to the English national character and finds a complex tribe, riddled with unspoken rules and unique codes of behaviour. Watching The English covers drinking, eating, shopping, driving, flirting, fighting, apologising and many more - all the things that make up a country world-renowned for its quirkiness. Through a mixture of anthropological analysis, observation and her own unusual experiments, Kate Fox shows how the peculiar idea of 'Englishness' has shaped itself over the years. Watching The English is written with an insider's knowledge but from an outsider's perspective. Combining anthropology with a dry wit and a writer's eye for detail, the behaviour of the English will never look the same again.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, c2004
ISBN: 9780340818855
0340818859
Branch Call Number: 306.0942 FOX
Characteristics: vii, 424 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: English

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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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