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You've Got to be Joking: Asserting the Analytical Value of Humour and Laughter in Contemporary Anthropology

Carty, John; Musharbash, Yasmine


This paper introduces an edited volume on laughter and joking by way of exploring the relative marginalisation of humorous phenomena within the anthropological literature. In framing a new body of work in the area, rather than suggesting a collective thesis or unified theoretical approach to humorous phenomena, it argues for the necessity and value of detailed ethnographic descriptions of laughing and joking behaviours. In particular, it proposes that such ethnographically specific approaches...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Anthropological Forum
DOI: 10.1080/00664670802429347


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