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Beyond a Joke
The Limits of Humour
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
01 Nov 2005
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£67.00
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9781403939425
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14 Aug 2009
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9780230594500
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Humour is generally celebrated as an attractive human attribute and a desirable public good, but what about when it involves mispresentation and stereotyping, intolerance and hatred? This book brings together, for the first time wideranging contributions exploring the ethics as well as the aesthetics of humour, both in everyday life and media comedy. The book's contributors are experts in their field and internationally renowned. They focus on the abuses and limits of humour, some of which excite considerable social tension and controversy. Beyond a Joke is an exciting intervention, full of probing questions and challenging issues. It will help to move public debate beyond facile objections to political correctness, in forcing us to attend to what is harmful as well as beneficial about humour.


Description

Humour is generally celebrated as an attractive human attribute and a desirable public good, but what about when it involves mispresentation and stereotyping, intolerance and hatred? This book brings together, for the first time wideranging contributions exploring the ethics as well as the aesthetics of humour, both in everyday life and media comedy. The book's contributors are experts in their field and internationally renowned. They focus on the abuses and limits of humour, some of which excite considerable social tension and controversy. Beyond a Joke is an exciting intervention, full of probing questions and challenging issues. It will help to move public debate beyond facile objections to political correctness, in forcing us to attend to what is harmful as well as beneficial about humour.


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humour and Comedy; S.Lockyer & M.Pickering
Comic Racism and Violence; M.Billig
Race and Ethnicity in Popular Humour; D.Howitt & K.Owusu-Bempah
Humour and the Conduct of Politics; J.Morreall
Parody and Decorum: Permission to Mock; J.Palmer
Breaking the Mould: Conversations with Omid Djalili and Shazia Mirza; S.Lockyer & M.Pickering
Merry Hell: Humour Competence and Social Incompetence; K.Willis
Privacy, Embarrassment and Social Power: British Sitcom; F.Gray
Comedies of Sexual Morality and Female Singlehood; D.Chambers
The Ambiguities of Comic Impersonation; M.Pickering & S.Lockyer
Bibliography
Index


Authors

SHARON LOCKYER is Lecturer in Media Studies, De Montfort University, UK. She has written on the ethics of humour and was the recipient of the International Society for Humor Studies Emerging Scholar Award 2004.

MICHAEL PICKERING is Reader in Culture and Communications at Loughborough University, UK. His most recent publications include History, Experience and Cultural Studies (1997), Stereotyping: The Politics of Representation (2001) and Creativity, Communication and Cultural Value (2004) with Keith Negus.