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Watching the English: The International Bestseller Revised and Updated

Watching the English: The International Bestseller Revised and Updated [Kindle Edition]

Kate Fox
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Brilliant and hilarious. (Grayson Perry)

An absolutely brilliant examination of English culture. (Jennifer Saunders The Times)

An entertaining, clever book... read it. (Daily Telegraph)

This book should enter into professional discussions of the future of anthropology ...Fox has astutely lined herself up to take a leading position in a rethink of social anthropology's object, theory and method. (Professor Keith Hart Anthropology Today)

A delightful read. (Sunday Times)

Her observations are acute...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)

She is the only popular UK anthropologist of substance since the 1970s. (Professor Jeremy MacClancy, Anthropology in the Public Arena)


(The Times)

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Kate Fox reveals the hidden rules of English behavior in this completely revised and updated edition of the international bestseller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 993 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Revised edition edition (24 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. Her publications have included Pubwatching with Desmond Morris, Passport to the Pub: The Tourist's Guide to Pub Etiquette and The Racing Tribe: Watching the Horsewatchers. Kate is also an international consultant on the prevention and management of violence, and has written and produced training programmes and videos on the subject. She is co-author, with Dr Peter Marsh, of Drinking and Public Disorder.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph 1 July 2014
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The quibbles first.
The book, at over 500 pages, is too long and runs out of steam in the final chapters.
The style, while engaging and accessible, can sometimes become indulgent and over folksy. Sentences like "it's my book, so I can write what I want" grate.
Her minute dissection of the intricacies of the English class system are extremely funny, precisely observed but become exhausting after a while.
However, as a voyage through the essentials of Englishness, this is a tour de force which I would challenge any English person to read without experiencing many moments of disarming self-awareness. Kate Fox does not sugar the pill in her presentation of the repressed and emotionally constipated race that we have become. Some of her set pieces (how we say goodbye at the end of dinner parties, pub etiquette, our obsession with gardens, etc) are wonderful and illuminating. How the book reads to foreigners would be difficult to judge - I imagine those closely familiar with England would find it chimes loudly, while those who are not would probably not believe how strange we are. To an English person, however, this is as close to a definitive guide to the emotional make-up of the English mentality in the 21st century as you are likely to find and, as such, despite a few reservations, a triumph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watching The English - Updated Edition on Kindle 28 May 2014
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A fascinating and entertaining book updated to take in to account England today.
If you are English then you and your lifestyle are in this book!
Highly recommended, especially for those with a few 'English' years behind them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Jun 2014
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Interesting book.
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