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Humour in Political Activism

Creative Nonviolent Resistance

Authors: Sørensen, Majken

  • Presents unique data and breaks new theoretical ground regarding humour and political activism
  • Confronts the orthodox view within humour studies that political humour 'does not really make a difference'
  • Uses unique case studies 
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    About this book

    This book analyses how humour in political activism contributes to facilitating outreach, mobilisation and the sustaining of cultures of resistance. Drawing on examples of attention-grabbing stunts from around the world, Humour in Political Activism demonstrates how they succeed in turning relations of power upside down.

    The ambiguity and unpredictability of humour, Sørensen argues, makes it difficult to respond to this form of political activism when it is performed in public.  Humorous political stunts can therefore challenge state power, help influence changes in law and make significant contributions to the conversations about how societies should be organised.

    The book also investigates the potential risks and limitations of using humour in nonviolent action and what makes humour unique compared with other forms of non-humorous political activism.

     

    About the authors

    Majken Jul Sørensen is an Honorary Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has published on nonviolent resistance, social movements, humorous political activism, peaceful societies and female conscientious objectors. 

    Table of contents (8 chapters)

    • Introduction

      Sørensen, Majken Jul

      Pages 1-4

    • Humour and Pockets of Resistance

      Sørensen, Majken Jul

      Pages 5-34

    • Humorous Political Stunts from Around the World

      Sørensen, Majken Jul

      Pages 35-73

    • Facilitating Outreach, Mobilisation and a Culture of Resistance

      Sørensen, Majken Jul

      Pages 75-109

    • Confronting the State Through Humorous Political Activism

      Sørensen, Majken Jul

      Pages 111-138

    Buy this book

    eBook $79.99
    price for USA (gross)
    • ISBN 978-1-137-57346-9
    • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
    • Included format: PDF, EPUB
    • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
    • Immediate eBook download after purchase
    Hardcover $99.99
    price for USA
    • ISBN 978-1-137-57345-2
    • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
    • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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    Bibliographic Information

    Bibliographic Information
    Book Title
    Humour in Political Activism
    Book Subtitle
    Creative Nonviolent Resistance
    Authors
    Copyright
    2016
    Publisher
    Palgrave Macmillan UK
    Copyright Holder
    The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
    eBook ISBN
    978-1-137-57346-9
    DOI
    10.1057/978-1-137-57346-9
    Hardcover ISBN
    978-1-137-57345-2
    Edition Number
    1
    Number of Pages
    XI, 237
    Topics