Rebellious Laughter; People's Humor in American Culture / Edition 1

Rebellious Laughter; People's Humor in American Culture / Edition 1

by Joseph Boskin
ISBN-10:
0815627483
ISBN-13:
9780815627487
Pub. Date:
01/28/1997
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press

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Rebellious Laughter; People's Humor in American Culture / Edition 1

Joseph Boskin changes the way we think about the ordinary joke and its connection to historical forces. Claiming that humor in America is a primary cultural weapon, Boskin surveys and analyzes the multitude of joke cycles that have swept the country during the last fifty years. Dumb Blonde jokes. Elephant jokes. Jewish-American Princess jokes. Lightbulb jokes.

Rebellious Laughter brings together everyday language, social interaction, and cultural warfare to form a brilliant social history. In this important survey, readers will find humor from sources as diverse as the U.S. itself: jokes from whites, blacks, women, and Hispanics; conservatives and liberals; public workers and university students; the powerless and power brokers.

With wit and insight Boskin notes how humor is a cultural tool that can be both a divisive and a coalescing force behind social change and conflict. He argues that jokes provide a cultural barometer of concerns and anxieties, frequently appearing in our day-to-day language long before these issues become grist for stand-up comics. Laughter, he states, is transformative, the means by which Americans grapple with incongruities that all too often can undercut lofty expectations and ideals.

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ISBN-13: 9780815627487
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 6.09(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.71(d)

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