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The Pragmatics of Rude Jokes with Grandad: Joking Relationships in Aboriginal Australia

Garde, Murray


The classical joking relationship has fascinated anthropologists for decades, especially in relation to African societies. The existence of joking relationships in Aboriginal Australia has also been noted in ethnographies, but rarely described in a way that acknowledges that kinship-mediated humour can actually be creative and funny. Kinship is obviously central to an understanding of these relationships, but the institutions that engender joking relationships have (surprisingly) rarely been...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Anthropological Forum
DOI: 10.1080/00664670802429362


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