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Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia (Hardcover)

Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

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Hardcover. If I had no sense of humour, I should long ago have committed suicide, wrote the late Mahatma Gandhi, expressing the potent power of humour to sustain and uplift. Less obvious is humour's .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 296 pages. 0.517. Bookseller Inventory # 9780815634072

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“If I had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide,” wrote
the late Mahatma Gandhi, expressing the potent power of humor to sustain and
uplift. Less obvious is humor’s ability to operate as a cunning weapon in nonviolent
protest movements. Over the last few decades, activists are increasingly
incorporating subversive laughter in their protest repertoires, realizing the ways
in which it challenges the ruling elite’s propaganda, defuses antagonism, and
inspires both participants and the greater population.
In this highly original and engaging work, Sombatpoonsiri explores the
nexus between humor and nonviolent protest, aiming to enhance our understanding
of the growing popularity of humor in protest movements around the
world. Drawing on insights from the pioneering Otpor activists in Serbia, she
provides a detailed account of the protesters’ systematic use of humor to topple
Slobadan Miloševic’ in 2000. Interviews with activists, protest newsletters, and
documentaries of the movement combine to illustrate how humor played a pivotal
role by reflecting the absurdity of the regime’s propaganda and, in turn, by
delegitimizing its authority. Sombatpoonsiri highlights the Otpor activists’ ability
to internationalize their nonviolent crusade, influencing youth movements in the
Ukraine, Georgia, Iran, and Egypt. Globally, Otpor’s successful use of humor
became an inspiration for a later generation of protest movements.

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Through experiences of Serbian pro-democracy movements, this book explores ways in which social movements incorporate different forms of humor in their protest repertoires to achieve nonviolent political change.

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