Etiquette and Courtesy


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© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Etiquette and Courtesy: Selected full-text books and articles

Women, Men, and Politeness By Janet Holmes Longman, 1995
FREE! Domestic Manners of the Americans By Frances M. Trollope A. A. Knopf, 1904
Manners and Violence By Ignacio L. Götz Praeger Publishers, 2000
Troping the Body: Gender, Etiquette, and Performance By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Politeness By Richard J. Watts Cambridge University Press, 2003
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