Comedy and Social Science: Towards a Methodology of Funny by Cate Watson

By Cate Watson

While there were many sociological and mental reviews of humor, few can declare to be humorous. Humor can be considered as a valid subject for social scientists, yet typically, they current their examine particularly heavily. In academia, humor has a tendency to be trivialized and brushed off. this is often greater than only a ignored chance for differently fun-loving lecturers. In literature, it's effectively authorized that comedy is necessary to the human . to disregard humor is to reject a in all likelihood insightful methodological technique, because the funny worldview provides distinct possibilities for investigating the social. This publication constitutes a different source, proposing chapters on irony, satire and parody as instruments for research and technique of illustration, in addition to contemplating humor within the behavior of analysis, and providing suggestions on getting released. via featuring examples from around the social sciences, the ebook seeks to cajole and encourage instead of to prescribe an process – a closure which might (ironically) be inimical to the multiplicity and ambiguity which characterizes funny learn and lends it its distinct edge.

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John Wiley and Sons have granted permission for the ‘McGonagallesque poem’ to be reproduced from Ian Stronach, Julie Allan and Brian Morris’s (1996) paper: Can the mothers of invention make virtue out of necessity? An optimistic deconstruction of research compromises in contract research and evaluation, British Educational Research Journal, 22(4), 493–509. Michael Mulkay’s ‘Nobel banquet incident’ (The Word and the World, 1988, pp. 242–251, George Allen and Unwin, London) appears by kind permission of Taylor and Francis, UK.

The creative role of parody in transforming literature and culture: An outline of a functionalist approach to postmodern parody. European Journal of English Studies, 3(2), 123–137. Rabelais, F. (1955). Gargantua and Pantagruel (J. M. ). Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Classics. Reiss, H. S. (1949). Franz Kafka’s conception of humour. The Modern Language Review, 44(4), 534–542. , & Lynd, S. (1960). The relevance of Thorstein Veblen. The American Scholar, 29(4), 543–551. Roudinesco, E. (1999). Jacques Lacan.

This is more than just a missed opportunity for otherwise fun-loving academics. In literature, it is readily accepted that comedy is integral to the human condition. To ignore humour is to reject a potentially insightful methodological approach, as the humorous worldview presents unique opportunities for investigating the social. This book constitutes a unique resource, presenting chapters on irony, satire and parody as tools for analysis and means of representation, as well as considering humour in the conduct of research and offering guidance on getting published.

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