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Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia

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by Janjira Sombatpoonsiri
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Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia by Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

"If I had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide," wrote
the late Mahatma Gandhi, expressing the potent power of humor to sustain and
uplift. Less obvious is humor's ability to operate as a cunning weapon in nonviolent
protest movements. Over the last few decades, activists are increasingly
incorporating subversive laughter in their protest repertoires, realizing the ways
in which it challenges the ruling elite's propaganda, defuses antagonism, and
inspires both participants and the greater population.
In this highly original and engaging work, Sombatpoonsiri explores the
nexus between humor and nonviolent protest, aiming to enhance our understanding
of the growing popularity of humor in protest movements around the
world. Drawing on insights from the pioneering Otpor activists in Serbia, she
provides a detailed account of the protesters' systematic use of humor to topple
Slobadan MiloŇ°evic' in 2000. Interviews with activists, protest newsletters, and
documentaries of the movement combine to illustrate how humor played a pivotal
role by reflecting the absurdity of the regime's propaganda and, in turn, by
delegitimizing its authority. Sombatpoonsiri highlights the Otpor activists' ability
to internationalize their nonviolent crusade, influencing youth movements in the
Ukraine, Georgia, Iran, and Egypt. Globally, Otpor's successful use of humor
became an inspiration for a later generation of protest movements.To view this DRM protected ebook on your desktop or laptop you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed. It is a free software. We also strongly recommend that you sign up for an AdobeID at the Adobe website. For more details please see FAQ 1&2. To view this ebook on an iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device you will need the Adobe Digital Editions app, or BlueFire Reader or Txtr app. These are free, too. For more details see this article.


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Size: 4.9 MB
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 2370007624355 (DRM-EPUB)

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