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By Michael Billig

ISBN-10: 1412902509

ISBN-13: 9781412902502

ISBN-10: 1412911435

ISBN-13: 9781412911436

`From Thomas Hobbes' worry of the facility of laughter to the obligatory, packaged "fun" of the modern mass media, Billig takes the reader on a stimulating journey of the unusual global of humour. either an important paintings of scholarship and a unique contribution to the knowledge of the humourous, it is a heavily attractive publication' - David Inglis, collage of Aberdeen

This pleasant publication tackles the present assumption that laughter and humour are inherently reliable. In constructing a critique of humour the writer proposes a social concept that areas humour - within the kind of ridicule - as imperative to social existence. Billig argues that each one cultures use ridicule as a disciplinary capability to uphold norms of behavior and conventions of that means.

Historically, theories of humour mirror wider visions of politics, morality and aesthetics. for instance, Bergson argued that humour comprises a component of cruelty whereas Freud prompt that we lie to ourselves concerning the precise nature of our laughter. Billig discusses those and different theories, whereas utilizing the subject of humour to throw mild at the perennial social difficulties of law, regulate and emancipation.

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