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Laughter and Ridicule - Towards a Social Critique of Humour. Theory, Culture and Society. (Electronic book text)
Laughter and Ridicule - Towards a Social Critique of Humour. Theory, Culture and Society. (Electronic book text): Michael Billig
Laughter and Ridicule - Towards a Social Critique of Humour. Theory, Culture and Society. (Electronic book text): Michael Billig

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Michael Billig

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This delightful book tackles the prevailing assumption that laughter and humour are inherently good. In developing a critique of humour the author proposes a social theory that places humour - in the form of ridicule - as central to social life. Billig argues that all cultures use ridicule as a disciplinary means to uphold norms of conduct and conventions of meaning. Historically, theories of humour reflect wider visions of politics, morality and aesthetics. For example, Bergson argued that humour contains an element of cruelty while Freud suggested that we deceive ourselves about the true nature of our laughter. Billig discusses these and other theories, while using the topic of humour to throw light on the perennial social problems of regulation, control and emancipation.

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Imprint: Sage Publications (CA)
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2005
Authors: Michael Billig
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 273
ISBN-13: 978-6611244705
Barcode: 9786611244705
Categories: Promotions
Books > Social sciences > Psychology
Books > Social sciences > Psychology > General
LSN: 6611244700

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