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By Kate Fox

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Publish yr note: First released in 2004

Kate Fox, the social anthropologist who positioned the quirks and hidden stipulations of the English lower than a microscope, is again with extra biting insights in regards to the nature of Englishness. This up-to-date and revised version of Watching the English encompasses a new foreword and clean chapters at the unwritten ideas and foibles of "squaddies," bikers, horse-riders, and extra. Fox revisits an odd and engaging tradition, ruled through advanced units of unstated ideas and peculiar codes of habit. She demystifies the strange cultural principles that baffle us: the principles of weather-speak, the ironic-gnome rule, the reflex apology rule, the paranoid-pantomime rule, category nervousness assessments, the money-talk taboo, and lots of extra.

An foreign bestseller, Watching the English is either an incisive and hilarious examine the English and their society.

Kate Fox is co-director of the Social concerns learn Centre in Oxford. Her paintings comprises tracking and assessing international sociocultural developments, and has integrated learn, guides, and declares on many facets of human behavior.

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And when I say that anyone can – given enough time and effort – ‘learn’ or ‘adopt’ Englishness, I am not suggesting that they ought to do so. The degree to which immigrants and ethnic minorities should be expected to adapt to fit in with English culture is a matter for debate. Where immigrants from former British colonies are concerned, perhaps the degree of acculturation demanded should match that which we achieved as uninvited residents in their cultures. Of all peoples, the English are surely historically the least qualified to preach about the importance of adapting to host-culture manners and mores.

When we use the term ‘rule’ in this way, we do not mean – and this is important – that all English people always or invariably exhibit the characteristic in question, only that it is a quality or behaviour pattern that is common enough, or marked enough, to be noticeable and significant. Indeed, it is a fundamental requirement of a social rule – by whatever definition – that it can be broken. Rules of conduct (or standards, or principles) of this kind are not, like scientific or mathematical laws, statements of a necessary state of affairs: they are by definition contingent.

This is another term that requires definition: by ‘culture’ I mean the sum of a society’s or social group’s patterns of behaviour, customs, way of life, ideas, beliefs and values. And this is essentially what we mean when we talk about ‘national character’. Those who insist that there is no such thing often seem to fail to grasp that the term is a metaphor, a colloquial way of talking about ‘culture’. Most would accept that there is such a thing as ‘culture’ and that there are differences between cultures.

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