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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 clich?s. 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)

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

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)

Brilliant and hilarious (The Vanity of Small Differences - Grayson Perry)

She is the only popular UK anthropologist of substance since the 1970s. (Professor of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University - Jeremy MacClancy)

This is an entertaining, clever book. Do read it and then pass it on. (Daily Telegraph)

She is smart . . . raises some serious issues . . . poses a challenge to British social anthropology that we need to meet . . . 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 the discipline's object, theory and method. (Anthropology Today - Professor Keith Hart)

I read it cover to cover in a few days . . . very sharp and witty prose. It really is funny - the sort of humour that makes you laugh out loud on your own! (Vice - Martin Parr)

Hilarious and insightful (Professor of Material Culture, University College London - Daniel Miller)

She has not only compiled a comprehensive list of English qualities, she has examined them in depth . . . A delightful read. (Sunday Times)

Watching the English is full of anthropological insights, sometimes acquired unconventionally, and always presented hilariously. It's a fun and provocative read, and does a beautiful job of showing how anthropologists learn about the world. (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Brown University - Jessaca B. Leinaweaver)

Watching the English . . . will make you laugh out loud ("Oh God. I do that!") and cringe simultaneously ("Oh God. I do that as well."). This is a hilarious book which just shows us for what we are . . . beautifully-observed. It is a wonderful read for both the English and those who look at us and wonder why we do what we do. Now they'll know. (Birmingham Post)

A brilliant and witty account of the underlying logic of English culture, which illuminates many of the main concepts of sociocultural anthropology - making it a perfect introductory text to the discipline. It is consistently the most popular text I teach, not only because it's a hilarious page-turner but also because Fox offers truly insightful glimpses into what a sophisticated anthropological mindset can reveal about human cultural life . . . Watching the English embodies the anthropological credo of making the strange familiar and the familiar strage. (Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto - Bianca Dahl)

She's a witty and eloquent writer whose accessible book reads as a scholarly classification of our shared codes of behaviour and an affectionate homage to our foibles. (Metro)

The book captivates at the first page. It's fun. It's also embarrassing. "Yes . . . yes," the reader will constantly exclaim. "I'm always doing that"'. (Manchester Evening News)

Watching the English is great for a laugh. But even better, it is a fantastic lesson in deciphering culture - not just of the English, but anyone's. I highly recommend it for both your own personal amusement and as a tool to reflect upon the world we live in. (Research Fellow, Instituto de Ci?ncias Sociaias, University of Lisbon - Dr Erin B. Taylor)

Fascinating reading. (Oxford Times)

There's a qualitative difference in the results, the telling detail that adds real weight. Fox brings enough wit and insight to her portrayal of the tribe to raise many a smile of recognition. She has a talent for observation, bringing a sharp and humorous eye and ear to everyday conventions, from the choreography of the English queue to the curious etiquette of weather talk. (The Tablet)

It's a fascinating and insightful book, but what really sets it apart is the informal style aimed squarely at the intelligent layman. (City Life, Manchester)

Fascinating . . . Every aspect of English conversation and behaviour is put under the microscope. Watching the English is a thorough study which is interesting and amusing. (Western Daily Press)

Enjoyable good fun, with underlying seriousness - a book to dip into at random and relish for its many acute observations. (Leicester Mercury)

Amusing . . . entertaining (The Times)

Fascinating . . . excellent (Eats, Shoots and Leaves - Lynne Truss, author of)

Both hilarious and wincingly accurate in its portrayal of English society (What's on in London)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.



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Somewhat irritating in style 9 décembre 2014
Par Tiggum - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There's a lot of interesting and amusing stuff about English culture and behaviour in this book, and I mostly enjoyed it, but the way it's written is frequently irritating. For one thing, the author's use of language is very, very repetitive, and she uses some words and phrases that I found quite irritating, such as "Eeyoreishness", "oh, come off it", "social dis-ease" repeatedly throughout.

There's also the false pretense that the author is just some idiot with no special knowledge and that she's coming upon this information in the same order the reader is and formulating her conclusions as she goes, and obviously that's not the case; Fox is an accomplished anthropologist and books aren't written like that. She collected the information first and put it together in a specific and intentional order, and pretending that that's not the case seems pointless and dumb.
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Kate Fox's book was still useful! I had worked out quite a lot by ... 10 novembre 2014
Par Nareva - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Although I have lived in this country for nearly 30 years now, Kate Fox's book was still useful ! I had worked out quite a lot by myself but certainly not all her scientifically obtained characteristics.
I appreciate even more my English friends' patience as they had to discover that I am not really rude by being so direct and that my seriousness is to be taken with a pinch of salt.
The book is a bit repetitive - but then, there was a book to fill. And as the author demonstrates her Englishness in her writing, the stylish - classy I should say - wit and humour keep it readable.
I'll certainly recommend the book to all foreigners living in this country or having to work with British people as it will help mutual understanding and provide a chuckle on a rainy day.
Four Stars 26 mars 2015
Par NZReader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Great fun for the English, great learning for other cultures. Well written, but a little repetitive. Recommended.
Four Stars 5 mai 2015
Par Anna Louise Pitman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a foreigner, I'm slowly learning their ways. Slowly.
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Five Stars 24 octobre 2014
Par Alexander - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A masterpiece. Bright mind and an unrivaled sense of humor. Very, very enjoable reading.
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