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Black-faced, red faces: the potentials of humour for anti-racist action

Sharpe, Scott; Hynes, Maria


Among incidences of everyday racism, offensive jokes are writ large as a way of establishing and maintaining social norms and policing the boundaries of the social body. Yet humour's possible deployment toward anti-racist ends constitutes an under-researched problem. This paper examines an incident of supposedly humorous blackface performance on an Australian family variety television show. The incident was notable as an occasion where humour was used with racist effects but also to anti-racist...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethnic and Racial Studies
DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1096405


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