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Radical Clowning: Challenging Militarism through Play and Otherness
University of Wollongong, Australia.
2015 (English)In: Humor: An International Journal of Humor Research, ISSN 0933-1719, E-ISSN 1613-3722, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 25-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, radical clowning has become an increasingly popular tactic among participants in the global justice movement in the western world. In order to discuss how radical clowns differ from conventional clowns and what they have in common, radical clowning can be interpreted through the lenses of clown theory and the four concepts of play, otherness, incompetence, and ridicule. Ethnographic data from the Swedish anti-militarist network Ofog reveals how play and otherness contribute to radical clowns' attempts to communicate nonviolent values, negotiate space, and recognize the human in the other. The findings demonstrate one way that humor can be rebellious and challenge established relations of power.

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Univ Wollongong, Fac Law Humanities & Arts, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia.: Mouton de Gruyter, 2015. Vol. 28, no 1, p. 25-47
Keywords [en]
political humor, absurdity, play, otherness, tactical carnival, CIRCA, Ofog, clowning, ridicule, resistance, subversiveness
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-63951DOI: 10.1515/humor-2014-0146ISI: 000349383600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-63951DiVA, id: diva2:1144077
Available from: 2017-09-25 Created: 2017-09-25 Last updated: 2017-09-29Bibliographically approved

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