Chapter

Living in Great Britain

in An Invitation to Laughter

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226434766
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226434759 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.003.0017
Living in Great Britain

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The author and his family have lived in England since 1985. At the University of Reading, where his daughter was enrolled, two things attracted the author's attention: the abundance of cedars of Lebanon, and a no-smoking poster displayed at the registrar's office. The poster showed bright red lips, with the caption “Kiss a nonsmoker and taste the difference.” Coming from Lebanon, where civil society had completely broken down, the author came to deeply appreciate the strong public sense of justice in Britain. Another notable trait of the British is their “live and let live” attitude toward other cultures, which is shaped by their passionate attitude toward their own, which they regard as the best in the world. The author also finds British culture unique in two respects: its militarism and its deep sentimental attachment to traditions and cultural heritage.

Keywords: Britain; culture; justice; University of Reading; Lebanon; militarism; cultural heritage; traditions

Chapter.  5468 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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