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Humour, Comedy and Laughter: Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life

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by Lidia Dina Sciama
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Humour, Comedy and Laughter: Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life by Lidia Dina Sciama

Anthropological writings on humor are not very numerous or extensive, but they do contain a great deal of insight into the diverse mental and social processes that underlie joking and laughter. On the basis of a wide range of ethnographic and textual materials, the chapters examine the cognitive, social, and moral aspects of humor and its potential to bring about a sense of amity and mutual understanding, even among different and possibly hostile people. Unfortunately, though, cartoons, jokes, and parodies can cause irremediable distress and offence. Nevertheless, contributors' cross-cultural evidence confirms that the positive aspects of humor far outweigh the danger of deepening divisions and fueling hostilities

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Pages: 220
Size: 2.3 MB
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 2370007524259 (DRM-EPUB)
9781782385431 (DRM-PDF)

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