Studies in Political Humour

In between political critique and public entertainment

| Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
| Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, Romania
ISBN 9789027206374 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027282217 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
If politics is a serious matter and humour a funny one, this volume investigates how and why the boundaries between the two are blurred: politics can be represented in a humorous manner and humour can have a serious intent. Political humour conveys criticism against the political status quo and/or recycles and reinforces dominant views on politics. The data analysed comes from European states with different sociopolitical histories and traditions and the methodologies adopted originate in different fields (discourse analysis, folklore and cultural studies, media studies, sociolinguistics, sociology, theatre semiotics). The first part of the volume is dedicated to politicians’ humour as a means of public positioning, deliberation, and eventually attack against political adversaries, while the second one involves political satire as realised in different genres: animation, impersonation, and cartoons. Last but not least, the third part shows how political humour can be manipulated in public debates or become an integral part of postmodern art.
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“A praiseworthy feature of the volume lies in its strong editorship. [...] Studies in Political Humour is a volume which scholars working on political discourse, humour theory, and the interface of the two will find valuable. It considers humour (broadly defined) from a wide range of perspectives and this may inspire readers to look to other disciplines when carrying out further work on such topics.”
“This interesting collection of essays by scholars from Romania, Poland, Estonia, Greece, Switzerland and England is a significant contribution to the study of the uses of humour within politics in several European countries, including Germany and Italy. [...] Studies in Political Humour is an excellent and wide-ranging volume that should enjoy a place on the bookshelves of both humour scholars and political scientists.”
“As a survey of humour in a relatively geographically contained though culturally diverse area, this book functions as a solid starting point from which to launch into the world of political humour research.”
“Editors Villy Tsakona and Diana Elena Popa are to be congratulated for organizing this methodologically varied, empirically wide-ranging, and theoretically informed collection of European contributions to the study of political humor [...]. This collection is very valuable in that it demonstrates that political humor operates in a relationship of co-dependency. Humor reflects and

enables reflection upon political realities, but those same political dynamics also contest the status of humor and appropriate it for use in serious conflict.”
Studies in Political Humour is well rounded. The book guides both expert and general readers through a range of discussions about political humour. The applications, functions, and limitations of political humour and the difficulty of using it to communicate values and positions between parts of society become especially apparent in the concluding remarks of Tsakona and Popa. Extending the editors’ reflections would come in handy here as a starting point for further study in national environments. Those interested in the political dimension of humour and European politics will find the book a very helpful resource.”
“The book is a timely contribution as it addresses the current trends in political humour study. One of its strengths is its analysis of data in different genres collected from different languages and countries and the various methodologies adopted to analyze discourse.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011037699 | Marc record