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Watching the English

By Kate Fox

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| Paperback | 9780340752128

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In WATCHING THE ENGLISH anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a strange and fascinating culture, Continue

In WATCHING THE ENGLISH anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour. Her minute observation of the way we talk, dress, eat, drink, work, play, shop, drive, flirt, fight, queue - and moan about it all - exposes the hidden rules that we all unconsciously obey. The rules of weather-speak. The Importance of Not Being Earnest rule. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex apology rule. The paranoid-pantomime rule. Class indicators and class anxiety tests. The money-talk taboo. Humour rules. Pub etiquette. Table manners. The rules of bogside reading. The dangers of excessive moderation. The eccentric-sheep rule. The English 'social dis-ease'. Through a mixture of anthropological analysis and her own unorthodox experiments (using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig), Kate Fox discovers what these unwritten behaviour codes tell us about Englishness.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    難怪英式笑片有時讓我不懂,難怪英式幽默總是有點諷刺味,原來,原來是這樣啊。
    這本書中處處充滿了英式的自貶幽默、但也處處顯示出作者努力翻攪察覺出的英格蘭人的社會特質,看了之後除了彎起嘴角的次數越來越多之外,對於鄰近的日本也有類似的情況也能理解了,其實有些狀況在台灣也一樣看得到喔,只是在英格蘭人身上比較明顯,真是有趣的社會現象。
    不知道甚麼時候台灣人也會發展出自己的社會「文法」呢?

    當然,因為不能劇透,所以這邊的心得只能點到為止囉。

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    Panda Neroli 貓熊阿勤 said on Nov 17, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Must read

    The book that every new (and not) immigrant to England should be given. So true, fun and witty, really well written and researched. I've been in the country 5 years now and this had me thinking and telling myself "hey that's true!" so much!

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    Viollka said on Sep 28, 2013 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Lungo saggio semi-serio sulla britishness supportato e avvalorato da anni di ricerche e studi antropologici e scritto da una inglese che, per varie ragioni, è riuscita a mantenere il giusto distacco e ad osservare con occhio c(l)inico il suo p ...(continue)

    Lungo saggio semi-serio sulla britishness supportato e avvalorato da anni di ricerche e studi antropologici e scritto da una inglese che, per varie ragioni, è riuscita a mantenere il giusto distacco e ad osservare con occhio c(l)inico il suo popolo, analizzandone stereotipi e cliché; un insight piuttosto veritiero ed anche divertente, valido sia per chi si affaccia per la prima volta alla cultura inglese sia per chi la conosce da vicino.

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    *Pamy* said on Aug 13, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Citazione preferita:

    "...it's just that if they can possibly find a more circuitous way of achieving the same end, they will."

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    Franciui said on Jul 29, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    平實詳盡、立論清晰的一本好書。作者能將人類學研究寫得如此生動又不失嚴謹,實屬不易。我讀了此書才知道原來英格蘭人這麼古怪。

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    hugodon said on Apr 18, 2013 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 432 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0340752122
  • ISBN-13: 9780340752128
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publish date: 2005-04-11
  • Dimensions: 180 mm x 728 mm x 1,147 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Others , eBook
  • In other languages: other languages 繁體書
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