Kate Fox

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This article is about the anthropologist. For the spiritualist, see Fox sisters.

Kate Fox is a social anthropologist, co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC)[1] and a Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Research.[2] She has written several books, including Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour.


Kate Fox is the daughter of anthropologist Robin Fox. As a child she lived in the UK, the United States, France, and Ireland. She studied for an undergraduate degree in anthropology and philosophy at Cambridge University. In 1989 she became co-director of MCM Research Ltd., and continues to provide consulting services.[3][4] She is now a co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre, based in Oxford, England.[5]


Fox has written a number of books. Her titles include:

Current activities[edit]

Recent topics include social effects of alcohol[7] and the purposes of small talk.[8] Fox is currently writing a book about the sociological aspects of shopping.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004 Fox married the neurosurgeon Henry Marsh,[9] having been previously married to Peter Kibby (during which time she was credited as Kate Fox Kibby).[10]


  1. ^ "Kate Fox: Behaviour sleuth". Independent. London. 
  2. ^ "Fellows / Dr Kate Fox". Institute for Cultural Research. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kate Fox bio at MCM Research". MCM Research. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "About MCM Research". MCM Research. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "SIRC bio of Kate Fox". 
  6. ^ Fox, K. (2008). Watching the English the Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. (pp. 1-2, 10, 17). London, UK: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.
  7. ^ Fox, Kate (11 October 2011). "Viewpoint: Is the alcohol message all wrong?". BBC News. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Langley, William (1 October 2011). "Why we always warm to the weather". Telegraph. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  9. ^ New Statesman, March 2014, Life and death at his fingertips: watching a brain surgeon at work. by Erica Wagner
  10. ^ http://www.philmellows.com/PhilMellows_Diary_17_10_11.htm

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