Good Humor, Bad Taste: A Sociology of the Joke
"Good Humor, Bad Taste 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, the book 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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Mainly covering Dutch jokes, but with references to British and American humour, it is a chronicle of how and why jokes evolved over the years. Some of the humour is laugh out loud funny, some cringe ... Read full review
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