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Watching the English

The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

Author: Fox, Kate


Paperback, ISBN 978-1-857885-08-8

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A runaway bestseller in the UK, Watching the English is now available in the U.S. for the first time!



Witty and wise, Kate Fox reveals the quirks, habits and foibles of the English in her book Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior. Putting the national character under her microscope, Fox explores this strange and fascinating culture, governed by a complex set of unspoken rules and a bizarre code of conduct.


Publication Date: May 25, 2008


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A runaway bestseller in the UK, Watching the English is now available in the U.S. for the first time!

Witty and wise, Kate Fox reveals the quirks, habits and foibles of the English in her book Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior. Putting the national character under her microscope, Fox explores this strange and fascinating culture, governed by a complex set of unspoken rules and a bizarre code of conduct. Through anthropological analysis and a series of unorthodox experiments (often using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig), Fox discovers what these unwritten codes tell us about Englishness: the rules of weather-speak, the ironic-gnome rule, the reflex apology rule, the paranoid-pantomime rule, class anxiety tests and the money-talk taboo, among others. Watching the English is a biting, affectionate, insightful and often hilarious look at English society.

Introduction to the American Edition

Introduction—Anthropology at Home

Part 1 Conversation Codes

The Weather

Grooming-talk

Humour Rules

Linguistic Class Codes

Emerging Talk-Rules: The Mobile Phone

Pub-talk

Part 2 Behaviour Codes

Home Rules

Rules of the Road

Work to Rule

Rules of Play

Dress Codes

Food Rules

Rules of Sex

Rites of Passage

Conclusion: Defining Englishness

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

References

Index

Kate Fox, a social anthropologist, is Co-Director of the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford and a Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Research. The author or co-author of four previous books, Fox's work centers on intriguing aspects of human behaviour including pub culture, gossip, flirting, horseracing, mobile phones, email, stress, drugs, crime, violence and social taboos. She lives in London.

”A wealth to enjoy. Fortunately she doesn’t write like an anthropologist but an English woman—with amusement!”—Daily Mail

”Fascinating…every aspect of English conversation and behavior is put under the microscope.”—Western Daily Press

”A witty and eloquent writer…an affectionate homage to English foibles.”—Metro

”Both hilarious and wincingly accurate at its portrayal of English society.”—What’s On in London