Ten years later, they're still talking about the weather! Kate Fox, the social anthropologist who put the quirks and hidden conditions of the English under a. Kate Fox tells how awkwardness and hypocrisy rule a nation in Watching the English. Catherine Bennett isn't so sure. Kate Fox. Watching the English. WATCHING THE ENGLISH. The Hidden Rules of Every aspect of English conversation and behaviour is put under the.
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On the whole, the author takes a benign, almost Barbara Pym-like view of the English - far too benign, in my view.
Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox
The author doesn't see as I do the brutish egotism in our faces, in our habits of littering or eating in the street. She thinks our aggressive, almost triumphant vulgarity is kate fox watching the english the mirror image of our reserve, but this would not explain why such vulgarity is so firmly on the ascendant.
Despite her repeated allusions to class differences, she looks at England through Home Counties-tinted spectacles.
The author's writing has a glibness that sometimes passes as wit. Kate's other books include The Racing Tribe: Kate is regularly invited to speak at the major literary festivals, as well as guest lectures and seminars at universities, institutes, embassies, trade and professional conferences, etc.
Englishness is rather more a matter of choice for the ethnic minorities in this country that it is for the rest of us.
Individuals quite consciously, deliberately, cleverly and even mockingly pick and choose among the behaviours and customs of their host culture. But of all people the English are historically surely the least qualified to kate fox watching the english about the importance of adopting the host-culture manners kate fox watching the english mores.
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Our own track record on this is abysmal. We not only create pockets of utterly insular Englishness when we go abroadbut also often attempt to impose our cultural norms and habits onto the local population.
Gossip about soap operas and celebrities is almost identical to the above.
Men have been shown to gossip just as much as women. The English are reserved: Maybe kate fox watching the english too mean to pay for them. Contemplating the cautious attitudes of young English people towards work and money, Fox professes herself "disappointed" to find them planning for the future and "not much cheered" to discover an early aversion to being in debt.
This is not, you take it, Fox's recommended approach to being young, English and affluent. Where will it end, she frets, this "worrying trend" of "risk aversion and obsession with safety"?
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