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Both a significant work of scholarship and a novel contribution to the understanding of the humourous, this is a seriously engaging book' - David Inglis, University of Aberdeen This delightful book tackles the prevailing assumption that ...

Author: Michael Billig

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412911435

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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From Thomas Hobbes' fear of the power of laughter to the compulsory, packaged "fun" of the contemporary mass media, Billig takes the reader on a stimulating tour of the strange world of humour. Both a significant work of scholarship and a novel contribution to the understanding of the humourous, this is a seriously engaging book' - David Inglis, University of Aberdeen This delightful book tackles the prevailing assumption that laughter and humour are inherently good. In developing a critique of humour the author proposes a social theory that places humour - in the form of ridicule - as central to social life. Billig argues that all cultures use ridicule as a disciplinary means to uphold norms of conduct and conventions of meaning. Historically, theories of humour reflect wider visions of politics, morality and aesthetics. For example, Bergson argued that humour contains an element of cruelty while Freud suggested that we deceive ourselves about the true nature of our laughter. Billig discusses these and other theories, while using the topic of humour to throw light on the perennial social problems of regulation, control and emancipation.
2005-10-03 By Michael Billig

Tackling the assumption that laughter and humour are necessarily good in themselves, this text develops a critique of humour, proposing a social theory that places humour in the form of ridicule as central to social life.

Author: Michael Billig


ISBN: 1446211770

Category: Laughter

Page: 264

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Tackling the assumption that laughter and humour are necessarily good in themselves, this text develops a critique of humour proposing a social theory that places humour in the form of ridicule as central to social life.
2005 By Michael Billig

Psychology's focus on the individual's capacity to handle stress and negative events by laughing and looking at what is ... On the other hand, people exposed to ridicule do not have to laugh, but can turn to 223 Billig, Laughter and ...

Author: Majken Jul Sørensen


ISBN: 9789188061010


Page: 606

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A group of anti-conscription activists break into a prison, demanding to be jailed together with their friend already locked up because of his beliefs. Clowns from the rebel clown army mimic police sent to control political protests. Visiting Santas hand out presents taken from shop shelves without the approval of the shopping centre management. These are examples of humorous political stunts - public actions, hoaxes and happenings that confront systems of power. This book contains many amusing stories of such stunts, showing the boldness and creativity of the activists. Interviews and documents are used to show how humour can facilitate outreach, mobilisation and a culture of resistance. Humorous Political Stunts combines insights from the fields of nonviolence and humour studies and makes theoretical contributions to each area.
2015-05-09 By Majken Jul Sørensen

BERGSON, OR LAUGHTER AS RIDICULE Bergson's essay on laughter is one of the best-known works of the philosopher. It is widely used as a starting point for studies on laughter or on the comic in general. Bergson does not mention ...

Author: Arpad Szakolczai

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136172540

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

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The book aims at reframing the discussion on the "public sphere," usually understood as the place where the public opinion is formed, through rational discussion. The aim of this book is to give an account of this rationality, and its serious shortcomings, examining the role of the media and the confusing of public roles and personal identity. It focuses in particular on the role of the theatrical and comical in the historical development of the public sphere, and in this manner reformulating definitions of common sense, personal identity, and culture.
2012-12-12 By Arpad Szakolczai

his persecutors , the Scribes and the Pharisees , on whom , however , he did not hesitate to pour the vials of his most invective ridicule . Ridicule may flow from the purest source of human love . Laughter , when free from all ...

Author: Boris Sidis


ISBN: UCAL:$B114819

Category: Laughter

Page: 300

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A look at the main psychological principles that underlie laughter and humor their various manifestations.
1913 By Boris Sidis

See for instance Michael Billig, Laughter and Ridicule: Towards a Social Critique of Humour (London: Sage Publications, 2005); Alexander Kozintsev, The Mirror of Laughter (New Brunswick: Transactions, 2010); Arthur Asa Berger and Aaron ...

Author: Ingrid Kleespies

Publisher: Academic Studies PRess

ISBN: 9781644697009

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Goncharov in the Twenty-First Century brings together a range of international scholars for a reexamination of Ivan Goncharov’s life and work through a twenty-first century critical lens. Contributions to the volume highlight Goncharov’s service career, the complex and understudied manifestation of Realism in his work, the diverse philosophical threads that shape his novels, and the often colliding contexts of writer and imperial bureaucrat in the 1858 travel text Frigate Pallada. Chapters engage with approaches from post-colonial and queer studies, theories of genre and the novel, desire, laughter, technology, and mobility and travel.
2021-11-23 By Ingrid Kleespies

The superiority theory argues that humour and laughter are created from, and convey, a sense of superiority over the object of laughter. Humour is described as a means of mocking and ridiculing the subject of the joke, so describing ...

Author: Dr Simon Weaver

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409494591

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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In today's multicultural and multireligious societies, humour and comedy often become the focus of controversy over alleged racist or offensive content, as shown, for instance, by the intense debate of Sacha Baron Cohen's characters Ali G and Borat, and the Prophet Muhammad cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Despite these intense debates, commentary on humour in the academy lacks a clear way of connecting the serious and the humorous, and a clear way of accounting for the serious impact of comic language. The absence of a developed 'serious' vocabulary with which to judge the humorous tends to encourage polarized debates, which fail to account for the paradoxes of humour. This book draws on the social theory of Zygmunt Baumann to examine the linguistic structure of humour, arguing that, as a form of language similar to metaphor, it is both unstable and unpredictable, and structurally prone to act rhetorically; that is, to be convincing. Deconstructing the dominant form of racism aimed at black people in the US, and that aimed at Asians in the UK, The Rhetoric of Racist Humour shows how racist humour expresses and supports racial stereotypes in the US and UK, while also exploring the forms of resistance presented by the humour of Black and Asian comedians to such stereotypes. An engaging exploration of modern, late modern and fluid or postmodern forms of humour, this book will be of interest to sociologists and scholars of cultural and media studies, as well as those working in the fields of race and ethnicity, humour and cultural theory.
2013-01-28 By Dr Simon Weaver

define laughter as arising from three different scenarios: 1. laughter directed against some person as a form of ridicule; 2. laughter resulting from seeing some humorous event or as the result of listening to a humorous account; ...

Author: Jerome H. Neyrey SJ

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498243506

Category: Religion

Page: 172

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Every disciple imagines Jesus; reading the Gospels we form images of him and of his surroundings. This has been constant practice for those who desire to know him more clearly. We, however, borrow stuff--from stained glass windows, book illustrations, and the like--which is always familiar to us, but which reflects our, not his, culture. This book invites readers to construct different scenarios about Jesus and his world from the study of his ancient culture. We do this with accuracy because of the advance of cultural studies of his and our worlds. Jesus should look different (wear different clothing, experience different grooming), in settings foreign to us (in houses and boats from his own world). Jesus should speak differently so that the meaning of his words can only be known in his culture. In this book readers travel through the Gospels with specific suggestions about what to see, namely, Jesus in his cultural world. Imagining Jesus also suggests how to listen to him in his cultural language. Did Jesus laugh? How did he pray? This is what the incarnation means: imagining Jesus socialized in a particular culture, at a time foreign to us and in a language strange to us.
2018-08-09 By Jerome H. Neyrey SJ

If Darcy is not to be laughed at , he is exempt from the disciplinary power of Elizabeth Bennet's ridicule . Elizabeth then takes up this challenge , and she succeeds , in the exchange on laughter and ridicule that follows , not simply ...

Author: Jane Austen Society of North America

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 0888643748

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 269

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Jane Austen's novels have been widely read and discussed, but one topic that is rarely studied is her use of speech. In this volume, writers from around the world consider Austen's sometimes playful, always witty and significant use of dialogue. Features contributions from Juliet McMaster, Isobel Grundy, Linda Bree, Gary Kelly, Jan Fergus, Jocelyn Harris, Kay Young and others.

The rapid 笑斷壯陽子 to burst with Even Upper . flight of a bird . laughing ; to split one's sides . I to ridicule . ... 倫然終日 the day passed e tij a handle for laughter , —a ... To whole room burst out laughing . ridicule .

Author: Herbert Allen Giles


ISBN: OSU:32435050593094

Category: Chinese language

Page: 1795

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