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.