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Watching the English, 2nd Ed.

The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour

Kate Fox

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, 2014 , 583 pages

ISBN: 978-1-444-78520-3


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A bestseller in the UK, Watching the English is a biting, affectionate, insightful and often hilarious look English Society. Putting the English national character under her anthropological microscope, Fox finds a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and bizarre codes of behavior. Through a mixture of anthropological analysis and her own unorthodox experiments — even using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig — Fox discovers what these unwritten codes tell us about Englishness.

Table of Contents:

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    • Introduction — Anthropology at Home
  • Part One: Conversation Codes
    • The Weather
    • Grooming-talk
    • Humour Rules
    • Linguistic Class Codes
    • Emerging Talk-rules: The Mobile Phone
    • Pub-talk
    • Racing Talk
    • Squaddie-Talk and Two Types of Rider-Talk
  • Part Two: 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


Watching the English

by Roland Buresund last modified 2015-08-13 20:35

Rating: ****** (Decent)

Well, the second edition shows signs of being updated. But it is still mostly a decent book, even though it is pretty funny!

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