Watching the English: The International Bestseller Revised and Updated Paperback – 23 Oct 2014
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Kate Fox's brilliant idea is to treat the British as another tribe...where she's particularly astute is in examining the exact pattern of clichés. Any study of the English must cover our class obsession, and Fox deals with the subject thoroughly. (Harry Mount, author of How England Made the English)
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If you know the country well but aren't from here you'll find answers to nagging questions and find yourself nodding with 'so that's what's going on' moments. If you're from the UK, you'll find explanations for things that are so part of the wallpaper they didn't appear to even be odd...
Kate maintains her love/hate relationship with her fellow Albions, freely venting her frustrations with our quirks and oddities with lashing of humour and sharp insights.
Recommended for natives and foreigners alike!
The author is just such an anthropologist living among a curious tribe and reporting back to civilisation. Herself English, she explores the rich humour of exposing the bizarre irrationality of the tribe. She holds up a mirror to reflect and expose (among many other things ) queueing, pub banter, self-deprecation, moaning, fair play, work, rites of passage and so on. She also exposes anthropologists and their working methods - the toolkit of participant observation and questionnaires - to be used by both the pop anthropologist and the intrepid mud hut variety.
Curiously the man who started Mass Observation 70 years ago was a mud hut anthropologist who gave it up to study Brits in their natural environment. He had Bolton in mind but his quote is remarkably similar to the one at the top of this review.
Somehow I imagine a bloke in Papua New Guinea googling his village and guffawing with laughter as he finds a learned examination of his everyday life...
Never before have I read such an accessible comprehensive analysis of the English character which not only made complete sense but was written authoritatively and with (English) humour. Thank you! Bought this book as a gift for all friends and family!