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Laughing All the Way to Social Change: Humor and Nonviolent Action Theory
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2311-2473
2017 (English)In: Peace and Change, ISSN 0149-0508, E-ISSN 1468-0130, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 128-156Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Activists in both dictatorships and democracies use humor as a method of nonviolent resistance, and its special way of appealing to emotions and imagination through ambiguity frequently sets it apart from other forms of nonviolent action. This study analyzes three examples from twentieth‐century Sweden of the political uses of humor according to the ability of each to facilitate dialogue, break power, serve as an utopian enactment, and be a normative regulation. In these cases, humor is found to have a particular ability to break the power of dominant discourses, because their ambiguity makes them ideal as “guerrilla attacks” in the ongoing discursive guerrilla war the activists are waging.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 42, no 1, p. 128-156
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70094DOI: 10.1111/pech.12220OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70094DiVA, id: diva2:1262200
Available from: 2018-11-09 Created: 2018-11-09 Last updated: 2019-07-11Bibliographically approved

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