Publication details [#57720]

Pérez, Raúl. 2013. Learning to make racism funny in the ‘color-blind’ era: Stand-up comedy students, performance strategies, and the (re)production of racist jokes in public. Discourse & Society 24 (4) : 478–503.
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SAGE Publications


Drawing on critical discourse analysis (CDA), this study exemplifies the role elites play in controlling racial discourse. It is found that white versus non-white stand-up comedy students are taught to behave differently in racial discourse. It is demonstrated how strategic use of humor admits the ‘constraints’ on present racial discourse, on whites especially, to be broken, stating a new stage of color-blind racism may be on the move.