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Punchlines : the case for racial, ethnic, and gender humor

Author: Leon Rappoport
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores how humour by and about minority groups can ease as well as foster social tensions. Enhanced by illustrative jokes and comedy routines, this book displays ethnic, racial, and gender humour  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rappoport, Leon.
Punchlines.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005
(DLC) 2005019267
(OCoLC)60839377
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leon Rappoport
OCLC Number: 607636015
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 181 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction : the hazards and joys of racial, ethnic, and gender humor --
The sword and shield metaphor and other perspectives --
What makes us laugh : humor theory and research from Plato and Aristotle to Sigmund Freud --
Prejudice, pride, and play in ethnic comedy --
The origins and psychology of stereotypes and slurs --
The dominant role of Jews and African Americans : Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and the culture of irony --
Jewish and African American roots humor : saving grace in the face of oppression --
Males versus females, gays versus straights, and the varieties of gender humor --
The "new breed" of comedians and transformation of ethnicity --
Becoming a comedian : minority status helps but is not enough --
In defense of ethnic humor and its role in our multicultural society.
Responsibility: Leon Rappoport.

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"The author's hypothesis is that racial, ethnic, and gender humor (called here stereotype humor) can serve a positive social function. He maintains that stereotype humor acts as a powerful force Read more...

 
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