Humour, Comedy and Laughter: Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life (Social Identities 8)
By: Lidia Dina Sciama (editor)Hardback
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Anthropological writings on humour not very numerous or extensive, but they do contain a great deal of insight into the diverse mental and social processes that underlie joking and laughter. On the basis of a wide range of ethnographic and textual materials, the chapters examine the cognitive, social, and moral aspects of humour and its potential to bring about a sense of amity and mutual understanding, even among different and possibly hostile people. Unfortunately, though, cartoons, jokes, and parodies can cause irremediable distress and offence. Nevertheless, contributors' cross-cultural evidence confirms that the positive aspects of humour far outweigh the danger of deepening divisions and fuelling hostilities.
Lidia Dina Sciama is former Director of the International Gender Studies Centre (formerly the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women), University of Oxford, where she is currently a Research Associate. She is the author of A Venetian Island: Environment, History and Change in Burano (Berghahn 2003).
List of Illustrations Introduction Lidia Dina Sciama Chapter 1. The Origins of Comic Performance in Adult-Child Interaction Ian Wilkie and Matthew Saxton Chapter 2. Learning from the Ludic: Anthropological Fieldwork Judith Okely Chapter 3. Humour as a Form of Cognition Elisabeth Hsu Chapter 4. Comic Strips and the Making of American Identity Ian Rakoff Chapter 5. Jokes without Frontiers, War without Tears: Humour, Stress and Power in an Anglo-German Bank Branch Fiona Moore Chapter 6. Laughing at the Future: Cross-Cultural Science Fiction Films Dolores Martinez Chapter 7. Male Dames and Female Boys: Cross Dressing in the English Pantomime Shirley Ardener Chapter 8. The Function of Satire in Italian Popular Song Glauco Sanga Chapter 9. Laughing at the Past among Venetian Islanders: Carlo Goldoni's Scuffles in Chioggia Lidia Dina Sciama
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