The Social Faces of Humour

The Social Faces of Humour : Practices and Issues

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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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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 156 x 216 x 24mm | 598.75g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • indexes
  • 1857422694
  • 9781857422696

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.
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