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Comedy and Social Science

Towards a Methodology of Funny, 1st Edition

By Cate Watson


186 pages

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While there have been many sociological and psychological studies of humor, few can claim to be funny. Humor may be regarded as a legitimate topic for social scientists, but in general, they present their research rather seriously. In academia, humor tends to be trivialized and dismissed. This is more than just a missed opportunity for otherwise fun-loving academics. In literature, it is readily accepted that comedy is integral to the human condition. To ignore humor is to reject a potentially insightful methodological approach, as the humorous worldview presents unique opportunities for investigating the social. This book constitutes a unique resource, presenting chapters on irony, satire and parody as tools for analysis and means of representation, as well as considering humor in the conduct of research, and offering guidance on getting published. Through presenting examples from across the social sciences, the book seeks to persuade and inspire rather than to prescribe an approach – a closure which would (ironically) be inimical to the multiplicity and ambiguity which characterizes humorous research and lends it its distinctive edge.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: If It’s Not Funny It’s Not True… 2. Origins and Theories of Humour and Laughter 3. Irony and the Ironic Imagination 4. Satire 5. Parody: An Onerous Confusion? 6. Humour and Laughter in the Research Process 7. Writing for Publication: The Importance of the Paratext 8. Comedy and Social Science: A Very Brief (Unscientific) Conclusion

About the Author

Cate Watson is Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General