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Humour and Social Protest

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Marjolein 't Hart, Thomas Olesen, Michael Cohen, Nicola Pizzolato, Christian Kuhn, Sammy Basu, Simon Teune, Lisiunia A. Romanienko, Patrick Gun Cuninghame, Anna Lundberg, Kirsti Salmi-Niklander, Nghiem Lien Huong, Nathan Wise, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Krista Cowman, Patrick Merziger, Christie Davies
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  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521722148

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  • Combining developments in the field of social movement theory regarding framing, collective identity, and emotions with insights from humourology, the seventeen essays in this book show the power of humour in framing social and political protest across a wide range of historical and spatial settings. The authors explore under what conditions laughter can serve the cause of the protesters; how humour has strengthened social protest; to what degree humour has been an effective tool for contentious social movements; and how humour can further the development of the collective identity of a social movement. The essays deal with a broad variety of historical and spatial settings, in quite different political structures, from open democratic societies to harsh repressive regimes, from the Zapatistas in Mexico to Vietnamese garment workers, from sixteenth-century Augsburg to Madrid and Stockholm in the 1990s.

    • An interdisciplinary collection of studies that covers a broad range of highly variegated historical examples of protest (youth, gender, civil rights and ethnic movements) and the role of humour therein
    • A wide range of transnational articles covering periods from the 1500s to the 1990s with the purpose of encouraging readers to rethink the role of humour in politics, group formation, communication and the media
    • An introduction to the state of current research regarding the relationship between humour and social protest within the context of recent findings in the field of social movement theory and humourology
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521722148
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.516kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Humour and social protest: an introduction Marjolein 't Hart
    1. Humour, framing, and resource mobilization. The funny side of globalization: humour and humanity in Zapatista framing Thomas Olesen
    2. 'Cartooning capitalism': radical cartooning and the making of American popular radicalism in the early twentieth century Michael Cohen
    3. Revolution in a comic strip: Gasparazzo and the identity of southern migrants in Turin, 1969–75 Nicola Pizzolato
    4. Satire, protest, and the public sphere. Urban laughter as a 'counter-public' sphere in Augsburg: the case of the city mayor, Jakob Herbrot (1490/95–1564) Christian Kuhn
    5. 'A little discourse pro & con': levelling laughter and its puritan criticism Sammy Basu
    6. Humour as a guerilla tactic: the West German student movement's mockery of the establishment Simon Teune
    7. Carnival laughter and the disarming of the opponent antagonism, absurdity, and the avant-garde: dismantling Soviet oppression through the use of theatrical devices by Poland's 'Orange' Solidarity Movement Lisiunia A. Romanienko
    8. 'A laughter that will bury you all': irony as protest and language as struggle in the Italian 1977 movement Patrick Gun Cuninghame
    9. Queering laughter in the Stockholm pride parade Anna Lundberg
    10. Humour and the building of collective identity in social movements. Bitter memories and burst soap bubbles: irony, parody, and satire in the oral-literary tradition of Finnish working-class youth at the beginning of the twentieth century Kirsti Salmi-Niklander
    11. Jokes in a garment workshop in Hanoi: how does humour foster the perception of community in social movements? Nghiem Lien Huong
    12. Fighting a different enemy: social protests against authority in the Australian imperial force during World War I Nathan Wise
    13. The role of humour in the process of collective identity formation in autonomous social movement groups in contemporary Madrid Cristina Flesher Fominaya
    14. Jokes, social protest, and the wilder society 'doing something silly': the uses of humour by the Women's Social and Political Union, 1903–14 Krista Cowman
    15. Humour in Nazi Germany: resistance and propaganda? The popular desire for an all embracing laughter Patrick Merziger
    16. Humour and protest: jokes under communism Christie Davies.

  • Editors

    Marjolein 't Hart, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Dennis Bos (1969) studied history and received a Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam, where he wrote a dissertation on the history of the early socialist movement in Amsterdam in the second half of the nineteenth century. He worked as a post-doc researcher at the University of Groningen before transferring to Leiden in 2005. His current research deals with the politics of remembrance and analyses the influence of the Paris Commune of 1871 and its memory within the international socialist, communist and anarchist movement during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

    Dennis Bos, Universiteit Leiden
    Marjolein 't Hart (1955) graduated cum laude in Economic and Social History (MA) at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) in 1981. Her MA thesis dealt with Irish returnee emigrants in the nineteenth century. She occupied positions at various universities (Groningen, Leiden, Rotterdam, Free University of Amsterdam) and in various disciplines (history, sociology, political sciences). In 1989 she obtained her PhD degree in History at the University of Leiden with a thesis on warfare, politics and finance during the Dutch Revolt, which studied the rise of the fiscal-military state of the Netherlands in comparative perspective, supervised by Prof. Charles Tilly (New York) and Prof. Wim Blockmans (Leiden). She was a visiting scholar at Trinity College Dublin, a Fellow of the New School for Social Research at New York and a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Wassenaar. She participated in several international round-table conferences (among others of the European Science Foundation and of the Renaissance Trust). Since 1990, she teaches Economic and Social History at the University of Amsterdam, for the last couple of years as Associate Professor. She studies in particular early modern Dutch and European history and has published numerous articles in the field of social history.


    Marjolein 't Hart, Thomas Olesen, Michael Cohen, Nicola Pizzolato, Christian Kuhn, Sammy Basu, Simon Teune, Lisiunia A. Romanienko, Patrick Gun Cuninghame, Anna Lundberg, Kirsti Salmi-Niklander, Nghiem Lien Huong, Nathan Wise, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Krista Cowman, Patrick Merziger, Christie Davies

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