Beyond A Joke: The Limits of Humour by S. LockyerBeyond A Joke: The Limits of Humour by S. Lockyer

Beyond A Joke: The Limits of Humour

EditorS. Lockyer

Paperback | November 1, 2005

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Humor in contemporary culture is generally celebrated as a public good, yet at times is felt to produce misunderstanding and even hatred. Now available in paperback, this collection explores the ethics and aesthetics of humor, in everyday life and in media comedy. An updated introduction looks at the implications of the Brand/Ross controversy.
SHARON LOCKYER is Lecturer in Sociology and Communications at Brunel University, UK. She has written on the ethics of humour and was the recipient of the International Society for Humor Studies Emerging Scholar Award 2004.MICHAEL PICKERING is Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis at Loughborough University, UK. His most recent publ...
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Title:Beyond A Joke: The Limits of HumourFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pagesPublished:November 1, 2005Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230594506

ISBN - 13:9780230594500

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors * Introduction: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humour and Comedy--S.Lockyer& M.Pickering * Violent Racist Jokes; M.Billig * Race and Ethnicity in Popular Humour--D.Howitt &--K.Owusu-Bempah * Humour and the Conduct of Politics--J.Morreall * Parody and Decorum: Permission to Mock--J.Palmer * Breaking the Mould: Conversations with Omid Djalili and Shazia Mirza--S.Lockyer&--M.Pickering * Merry Hell: Humour Competence and Social Incompetence--K.Willis * Privacy, Embarrassment and Social Power: British Sitcom--F.Gray *
Comedies of Sexual Morality and Female Singlehood--D.Chambers * The Ambiguities of Comic Impersonation--M.Pickering &--S.Lockyer * Bibliography * Index

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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