The Social Faces of Humour: Practices and Issues

The Social Faces of Humour: Practices and Issues

Hardback Popular Culture

Edited by George E.C. Paton, Edited by Chris Powell, Edited by Stephen Wagg

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 216mm x 24mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 19 November 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1857422694
  • ISBN 13: 9781857422696
  • Illustrations note: indexes

Product description

Examining different types of humour, this book includes chapters on what is considered politically correct in comedy, English verbal humour, mother-in-law jokes, jokes about disasters, and the postmodern comedy of Wayne's World.

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Table of contents

The politics of laughter, puritanical and politically correct? a historical account of changes in the censorship of comedy by the BBC; the status of verbal humour in British society - contextual aspects of English humour; "Down with Skool!" - the perspective of youth in contemporary western humour; humour at work and the work of humour; laughing on the other side of your PACE? an analysis of cartoons appearing in "Police Review" 1979-1993; mixed feelings - ambience, sexuality, and cartoon humour; "It's only a joke" - the role of humour in mother-in-law relationships; the sick disaster joke as carnivalesque postmodern narrative impulse; laughter in its place; laughter, footing and the tolerantial self; stepping into "Wayne's World" - exploring postmodern comedy; everything else is propaganda - the politics of alternative comedy.