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The Politics of Joking
Anthropological Engagements

ISBN 9781138314054
Published November 5, 2018 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

This book engages anthropologically with humor as political expression. It reveals how humor is in many instances central to human efforts to cope with political struggle and significant to understanding power dynamics in socio-political life. The chapters examine humor and joking activities across a diverse range of geographic areas and cultural contexts. The contributors consider humor as it is constituted in political anxiety, aggression and power, and when it becomes a tool to resist, repair, reconcile or make a moral claim. Collectively they demonstrate that humor can provide a powerful critique, a non-violent form of political protest and the space for restoration of human dignity.


Table of Contents


Jana Kopelent Rehak

1.You've Got to be Joking: Asserting the Analytical Value of Humor and Laughter in Contemporary Anthropology

Yasmine Musharbasch and John Carty

2. Disaster Humor in an Age of Truth-bending Politics

Noelle Molé Liston

3. "Joke" Elections: Satirical Activism and Political Opposition in Lithuania

Neringa Klumbytė

4.When the Fearful Becomes Funny: Joke-Work in the Midst of Violence

Susanna Trnka

5. Humor Against Forgetting: Joking in the Space of Death

Jana Kopelent Rehak

6. Chisasibi Cree Hunters and Missionaries: Humor as Evidence of Tension

Fikret Berkes

7. Mexican Speech Play: History and the Psychological Discourses of Power

José E. Limón

8. The Flesh of Joking Relationships: A Study of Quechua Sexual Farce

Camille Riverti

9. Trickster In The Mirror of Play and Anthropological Imagination

Václav Soukup

10. Trump's Two Bodies: The Trickster-Wrestler as a Political Type

Morten Axel Pedersen

11. "An Army of Comedy": Political Jokes and Tropic Ambiguity in the Trump Era

Morten Nielson

Afterword: Not All Fun and Games: The Force of Humor in Political Life 

Susanna Trnka

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Jana Kopelent Rehak is a Researcher in Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA and Lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

Susanna Trnka is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.