Etiquette and Courtesy

etiquette

etiquette, name for the codes of rules governing social or diplomatic intercourse. These codes vary from the more or less flexible laws of social usage (differing according to local customs or taboos) to the rigid conventions of court and military circles, and they extend to the legal, medical, and other professions. All cultures include forms of etiquette; often, etiquette has been used to enforce class distinctions, as well as safeguarding against conflict in social interactions.

See J. Martin, Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (1983); E. Post, Emily Post's Etiquette (15th ed. 1992); Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette (ed. by N. Tuckerman, 1995).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Women, Men, and Politeness
Janet Holmes.
Longman, 1995
Learning to Behave: A Guide to American Conduct Books before 1900
Sarah E. Newton.
Greenwood Press, 1994
FREE! Domestic Manners of the Americans
Frances M. Trollope.
A. A. Knopf, 1904
Manners and Violence
Ignacio L. Götz.
Praeger Publishers, 2000
Troping the Body: Gender, Etiquette, and Performance
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster.
Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy
Stephen L. Carter.
Basic Books, 1998
Politeness
Richard J. Watts.
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Politeness Phenomena in England and Greece: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Maria Sifianou.
Oxford University Press, 1999
The Good Old Days: A History of American Morals and Manners as Seen through the Sears, Roebuck Catalogs 1905 to the Present
David L. Cohn.
Simon & Schuster, 1940
The Emergence of Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century: A Privileged Moment in the History of England, Scotland, and France
Marvin B. Becker.
Indiana University Press, 1994
FREE! English Life and Manners in the Later Middle Ages
A. Abram.
George Routledge & Sons, 1913
Wrapping Culture: Politeness, Presentation, and Power in Japan and Other Societies
Joy Hendry.
Clarendon Press, 1995
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