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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour Paperback – Apr 11 2005

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback (April 11 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340818867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340818862
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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She has not only compiled a comprehensive list of English qualities, she has examined them in depth and wondered how we came to acquire them. Her book is a delightful read. The Sunday Times 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 Amusing ... entertaining. The Times Watching the English ... will make you laugh out loud ("Oh God. I do that!") and cringe simultaneously ("Oh God. I do that as well."). This is a hilarious book which just shows us for what we are ... beautifully-observed. It is a wonderful read for both the English and those who look at us and wonder why we do what we do. Now they'll know. Birmingham Post Fascinating reading. Oxford Times An absolutely brilliant examination of English culture and how foreigners take as complete mystery the things we take for granted. Jennifer Saunders, The Times 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

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Kate Fox, a social anthropologist, is Co-Director of the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford. Her work involves monitoring and assessing global sociocultural trends, and has included research, publications and broadcasts on many aspects of human behaviour including: social aspects of drinking, sex differences, flirting, body image, pub culture, gossip, eating, health issues, taboos, horseracing, mobile phones, email, stress, drugs, crime, violence and disorder.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Holden on Aug. 2 2010
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An academic book for the layman. An anthropologist looks at the English, their quirks, their humour, their class pretensions. Occasionally heavy going, but overall an often hilarious and fascinating look at the tribal antics of the people whose language and culture have had such a global impact. You've got to love the insights based on the author's years of eavesdropping, interviewing and peeking into the dark corners of the English national personality!
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Kate Fox is an engaging writer - of that there is no doubt - witty, smart and she delivers what she promises. It is just that the journey ends up being a bit of a march over grounds already explored, hence a slog at times... This is not a fault - Fox's exploration is systematic ... and because she is perceptive she picks up the key ingredients of englishness quite early on. And because her product is classic ethnography she nonetheless needs to examine all major facets of life to ensure that she has not mis-stepped in her recipe. On top of her delivery on englishness, her introductory chapter on methodology "Anthropology at Home" is quite brilliant all on its own. I suspect Ms Fox would make a wonderful guest at a dinner party...
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By gryphonette on Sept. 17 2014
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I'm a Canadian living in England, and this book has really helped me understand why my English friends behave the way they do. I often read it on the train, and quite a few times I literally had to stop reading it and find something else to do because I was laughing so hard, and people were looking at me!

In short, it was fascinating, informative, and hilarious!
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