Good Humor, Bad Taste: A Sociology of the Joke (Humor Research 7)

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This book is the first extensive sociological study of the relationship between humor and social background. Using a combination of interview materials, survey data, and historical materials, it explores the relationship between humor and gender, age, social class, and national differences in the Netherlands and the United States. The exploration of social differences in sense of humor starts off from one specific, and not very prestigious, humorous genre: the joke. Good Humor, Bad Taste explains why jokes are good humor to some, bad taste to others.

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Giselinde Kuipers, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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"[...] Good Humor, Bad Tast is an important book"
Elliott Oring in: Journal of American Folklore 2009

"This is an insightful and very clearly espressed study of an important social phenomenon ‒humor. Besides, it contains, if I may say so without losing cast in Batavia, some very funny jokes."
Christie Davies in: American Journal of Sociology 2008

"[...] this is a valuable and insightful contribution to the scholarship on jokes and humor that opens up many possibilities for future research."
Moira Smith in: Journal of Folklore Research 2/2008

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