Humour, Comedy and Laughter

Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life

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Lidia Dina Sciama

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“This collection is like a charm bracelet. The essays are attractive and bright, but their interconnection derives largely from being gathered in one place. The general theme is anthropological—the collection presents humor as both a topic and a method in anthropological research—but the title is broad enough to permit scholarship from a wide variety of disciplines…. All the essays in this volume have something valuable to say and say it well.” · Choice

“All in all, the present volume is a notable contribution to understanding humor and comic performances. It clearly shows that humor is such a nuanced topic that in order to understand it in its complexity, one has to analyze it from a varied range of perspectives, sometimes through the study of seemingly unconnected phenomena.” · Anthropology Book Forum

“This book is a valuable contribution to the anthropology on humour as there is so little of it, despite the important place of humorous phenomena within social life. The wide variety of topics reflects the myriad ways humour may figure in different contexts: how in some cases it is an important aspect of the situation in question and in others it provides a specific lens through which to consider a topic.” · Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute

“…humour has been a fleeting theme in anthropology. This is surprising, since everybody laughs – although not at the same things, which makes humour rich with cultural context. That richness certainly emerges in the nine diverse chapters gathered here,.. Most revel in their material, offering readers plenty of interest.” · SITES – A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies

“There is no doubt that Lidia Dina Sciama’s edited volume… is an impressive, ambitious and timely volume. The subheading, Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life, seems a tall order for two hundred pages, but in their own ways, the editor and contributors have responded admirably to the challenge. While grounded in the field of social anthropology, this volume is also notable for its interdisciplinarity.” · JASO

“An interesting and unique read… Each scholarly contribution makes a creative effort to cross the traditional boundaries of anthropological theories and methods with other closely related disciplines. It is an excellent example of anthropological cross-disciplinary engagement with psychology, philosophy, aesthetics, film, and theater and music theory.” · Jana Kopelentova Rehak, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Lidia Dina Sciama is former Director of the International Gender Studies Centre (formerly the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women), University of Oxford, where she is currently a Research Associate. She is the author of A Venetian Island: Environment, History and Change in Burano (Berghahn 2003).


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.08.2018
Herausgeber Lidia Dina Sciama
Verlag Ingram Publishers Services
Seitenzahl 220
Maße (L/B/H) 22.9/15.2/1.2 cm
Gewicht 346 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78920-070-6

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    Lidia Dina Sciama

    Chapter 1. The Origins of Comic Performance in Adult-Child Interaction
    Ian Wilkie and Matthew Saxton

    Chapter 2. Learning from the Ludic: Anthropological Fieldwork
    Judith Okely

    Chapter 3. Humour as a Form of Cognition
    Elisabeth Hsu

    Chapter 4. Comic Strips and the Making of American Identity
    Ian Rakoff

    Chapter 5. Jokes without Frontiers, War without Tears: Humour, Stress and Power in an Anglo-German Bank Branch
    Fiona Moore

    Chapter 6. Laughing at the Future: Cross-Cultural Science Fiction Films
    Dolores Martinez

    Chapter 7. The English Pantomime: Toying with History, Playing with Gender, Laughing at Today
    Shirley Ardener

    Chapter 8. The Function of Satire in Italian Popular Song
    Glauco Sanga

    Chapter 9. Laughing at the Past among Venetian Islanders: Carlo Goldoni's Scuffles in Chioggia
    Lidia Dina Sciama