Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour
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. The rules of weather-speak. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex apology rule. The paranoid-pantomime rule. Class indicators and class anxiety tests. The money-talk taboo and many more ...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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JBD1 - LibraryThing
A British friend recommended this, and it absolutely did not disappoint. It's a rare book that makes me laugh out loud as many times as this one did. Thoroughly useful, though it does go on a bit toward the end. Read full review
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An entertaining and humorous dissection of how the English behave. Kate has spent hours eavesdropping on her fellow citizens, and has nailed our foibles, I never knew being modest could be so boastful.... Read full review
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