By Sam Friedman
This ebook was once shortlisted for the 2015 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.
Comedy is at present having fun with unheard of progress in the British tradition industries. Defying the new fiscal downturn, it has exploded right into a booming billion-pound either on television and at the stay circuit. regardless of this, academia has both neglected comedy or centred exclusively on analysing comedians or comedian texts. This scholarship has a tendency to imagine that via analysing an artist’s intentions or strategies, we will be able to by some means comprehend what's and what isn’t humorous. yet this poses a basic query – funny to whom? How will we definitively parent how audiences react to comedy?
Comedy and contrast shifts the point of interest to supply the 1st ever empirical exam of British comedy taste. Drawing on a large-scale survey and in-depth interviews conducted on the Edinburgh pageant Fringe, the e-book explores what sorts of comedy humans like (and dislike), what their personal tastes demonstrate approximately their feel of humour, how comedy style lubricates daily interplay, and the way problems with social type, gender, ethnicity and geographical place have interaction with styles of comedian style. Friedman asks:
- Are a few varieties of comedy valued better than others in British society?
- Does extra ‘legitimate’ comedy style act as a tangible source in social lifestyles – a sort of cultural capital?
- What position does humour play in policing classification barriers in modern Britain?
This e-book might be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology, social category, social concept, cultural reviews and comedy studies.
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Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour (CRESC) by Sam Friedman