Humour, Comedy and Laughter: Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life (Social Identities 8)

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.

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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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  • publication date: 30/04/2016
  • ISBN13: 9780857450746
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780857450746
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 0857450743

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