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Beyond a Joke: The Limits of Humour Paperback – Sep 15 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2005 edition (Nov. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230594506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230594500
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
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'We all enjoy a good joke but we seldom take humour seriously, examining its role in expressing our anxieties and attitudes to life. This collection of essays, skilfully put together by Sharon Lockyer and Michael Pickering, will not dampen your spirits but cause you to "stop and think" about the place of the joke - and humour generally - in contemporary society.' - Geoff Lealand, Associate Professor of Screen and Media Studies, University of Waikato, New Zealand

'Beyond A Joke is a timely reminder that cultural analysis can illuminate how the best and worst comedy find their mark on the faultlines of society. This superb collection of essays is indispensable for understanding why debates about humour are central to the politics of public expression.' - Simon Cross, Lecturer in Communication, Culture& Media, Nottingham Trent University, UK

'This is a serious book about a serious and important topic. Jokes must be permitted in order to be funny - but are all jokes permissible? What about violently racist jokes, or subtle sexism in television sitcoms? The contributors to this volume explore the ethics of humour, from Sex and the City to the Alf Garnett syndrome. They reject the 'just a joke' excuse for the dodge that it is, but humour gets its own back by refusing to be pinned down with easy answers.' Moira Smith, editor of the Journal of Folklore Research

About the Author

MICHAEL BILLIG Professor of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, UK DEBORAH CHAMBERS Reader in the Sociology of Culture and Communication, Nottingham Trent University, UK FRANCES GRAY Senior Lecturer in Drama, Sheffield University, UK DENNIS HOWITT Reader in Applied Psychology, Loughborough University, UK JOHN MORREALL Professor of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary, USA and President of Humorworks Seminars ( KWAME OWUSU-BEMPAH Reader in Psychology, Leicester University, School of Social Work, UK JERRY PALMER Professor of Communications, London Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor in the Sociology Department, City University, UK KEN WILLIS English teacher currently working in Liverpool, UK

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HASH(0x9c792438) out of 5 stars Good product May 30 2014
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I love this book. Its a great look into how some jokes just push limits that should really be left alone. I was able to use it for a research paper ad would definitely recommend this product.