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In this completely revised and updated edition of international bestseller WATCHING THE ENGLISH, anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people.

Now with new survey data to add weight to her original fieldwork findings, and more extensive field-research and experiments to back up earlier observations, Kate Fox has deciphered yet more enigmatic behaviour codes, adding new rules, new subcultures, new chapters and over 100 updates. If you're English, this new edition of Kate Fox's acclaimed international bestseller will make you stand back and re-examine everything you take for granted – and if you aren't English you'll finally understand all our peculiar little ways.

WATCHING THE ENGLISH has sold more than half a million copies and has been translated into many languages. Not only a worldwide bestseller, but also a set text for university anthropology courses, WATCHING THE ENGLISH has been widely praised as a revealing and entertaining dissection of the English national character.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1727 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
  • ASIN: B00GIUGEO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Entertaining and honest

 on 15 October 2017
By Vicuña
Kate Fox explores what it means to ‘be English’ in an entertaining and accessible way. It’s an engaging academic account of social attitudes and rules, presented for the lay reader. It’s funny, filled with insight and challenges many day to day situations. Why do English people queue? What happens when socially accepted norms and boundaries are crossed?To what extent is individuality subsumed by an apparent desire to conform to particular rules?

I often quote from this with clients

 on 14 July 2017
By Liz Scully
Stunningly good. Funny, deep and unpacking English society with care. The section on the ‘invisible queue at the bar’ is uncommonly perceptive and I find myself discussing it with natives and non-natives regularly. I’ve given this book as a gift to people moving to the UK or feeling homesick for it at least 5 times.

Excellent second edition (I have both) updated to include how …

 on 27 June 2017
By Emptiness
Excellent second edition (I have both) updated to include how the internet and mobile technology, among other things, have impacted British life.

Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the whole world over – except when they are different.

 on 20 July 2015
By jacw2000
“I don’t see why anthropologists feel they have to travel to remote corners of the world and get dysentery and malaria in order to study strange tribal cultures with bizarre beliefs and mysterious customs, when the weirdest, most puzzling tribe of all is right here on our doorstep.”

Written with great sympathy and fondness and unpacking what lies behind English …

 on 5 July 2017
By Yellow Dog
Essential reading for visitors to England wanting to understand why the English are so odd by the standards of the rest of the world but why they so firmly believe that they are the world’s most normal. Written with great sympathy and fondness and unpacking what lies behind English traits like the reserve and desire not to disturb.

Wonderful book which makes a great gift to any American …

 on 22 January 2015
By charlotte the harlot
Wonderful book which makes a great gift to any American friends you might have . Superbly researched and spot on observations of our middle class eccentricities . I have loaned this out to numerous friends who all loved it . A great read if you want to absolutely get under the skin of us Brits ! Arrived on time well packaged .

I am grateful to Kate Fox for explaining the inexplicable …

 on 30 May 2016
By Halina Bien
I am grateful to Kate Fox for explaining the inexplicable.

Entertaining and interesting book on the English

 on 6 February 2013
By Jimbo
Being foreign to England, it gave me one person’s perspective on why the English behave the way they do. Many of the observations seem to be spot on and there are some insights which I personally think are enlightening.

😀

 on 4 November 2017
By Bergen Larsen
Loving this author’s writing style. (Sometimes she can ramble on a bit, however, reading the book you begin to understand why. She’s an English person trying to not offend other English people while pointing out their quirks. ;))

Assimilation tool

 on 29 June 2016
By KO
A must read for any person moving to England. Especially for foreigners who are interested in assimilating to the English culture. Also good conversation starter with the indigenous peoples here. They love listening to how others see them, and their oddities 🙂
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