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

Author: Leon Rappoport
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005.
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The concept of ethnic, racial, and gender humor is as sensitive a subject today as it has ever been; yet at no time in the past have we had such a quantity of this humor circulating throughout society. We can see the power of such content manifested continually in our culture's films and stand-up comedy routines, as well as on popular TV sitcoms, where Jewish, black, Asian, Hispanic, and gay characters and topics  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rappoport, Leon.
Punchlines.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leon Rappoport
ISBN: 031305410X 9780313054105
OCLC Number: 63919015
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 181 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Hazards and Joys of Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Humor; 1. The Sword and Shield Metaphor and Other Perspectives; 2. What Makes Us Laugh: Humor Theory and Research from Plato and Aristotle to Sigmund Freud; 3. Prejudice, Pride, and Play in Ethnic Comedy; 4. The Origins and Psychology of Stereotypes and Slurs; 5. The Dominant Role of Jews and African Americans: Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and the Culture of Irony; 6. Jewish and African American Roots Humor: Saving Grace in the Face of Oppression.
Responsibility: Leon Rappoport.
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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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"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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