9780521722148

Humour and Social Protest

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521722148

  • ISBN10:

    0521722144

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-08
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Combining recent developments in the field of social movement theory regarding framing, collective identity, and emotions with insights from humourology, the seventeen essays show the power of humour in framing social and political protest across a wide range of historical and spatial settings. The authors explore under what conditions laughter can serve the cause of the protesters; how humour has strengthened social protest; to what degree humour has been an effective tool for contentious social movements; and how humour can further the development of the collective identity of a social movement. The essays deal with a broad variety of historical and spatial settings, in quite different political structures, from open democratic societies to harsh repressive regimes, from the Zapatistas in Mexico to Vietnamese garment workers, from sixteenth-century Augsburg to Madrid and Stockholm in the 1990s.

Table of Contents

Humour and social protest: an introduction
Humour, framing, and resource mobilization. The funny side of globalization: humour and humanity in Zapatista framing
'Cartooning capitalism': radical cartooning and the making of American popular radicalism in the early twentieth century
Revolution in a comic strip: Gasparazzo and the identity of southern migrants in Turin, 1969-1975
Satire, protest, and the public sphere. Urban laughter as a 'counter-public' sphere in Augsburg: the case of the city mayor, Jakob Herbrot (1490/95-1564)
'A little discourse pro & con': levelling laughter and its puritan criticism
Humour as a guerilla tactic: the West German student movement's mockery of the establishment
Carnival laughter and the disarming of the opponent antagonism, absurdity, and the avant-garde: dismantling Soviet oppression through the use of theatrical devices by Poland's 'Orange' Solidarity Movement
'A laughter that will bury you all': irony as protest and language as struggle in the Italian 1977 movement
Queering laughter in the Stockholm pride parade
Humour and the building of collective identity in social movements. Bitter memories and burst soap bubbles: irony, parody, and satire in the oral-literary tradition of Finnish working-class youth at the beginning of the twentieth century
Jokes in a garment workshop in Hanoi: how does humour foster the perception of community in social movements?
Fighting a different enemy: social protests against authority in the Australian imperial force during World War I Nathan Wise
The role of humour in the process of collective identity formation in autonomous social movement groups in contemporary Madrid Cristina
Jokes, social protest, and the wilder society 'doing something silly': the uses of humour by the Women's Social and Political Union, 1903-1914
Humour in Nazi Germany: resistance and propaganda? The popular desire for an all embracing laughter
Humour and protest: jokes under communism
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