Beyond a Joke

The Limits of Humour

  • Sharon Lockyer
  • Michael Pickering

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Sharon Lockyer, Michael Pickering
    Pages 1-24
  3. Michael Billig
    Pages 25-44
  4. Dennis Howitt, Kwame Owusu-Bempah
    Pages 45-62
  5. John Morreall
    Pages 63-78
  6. Jerry Palmer
    Pages 79-97
  7. Sharon Lockyer, Michael Pickering
    Pages 98-125
  8. Deborah Chambers
    Pages 162-179
  9. Michael Pickering, Sharon Lockyer
    Pages 180-197
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 198-212

About this book


Humour is pervasive in contemporary culture, and is generally celebrated as a public good. Yet there are times when it is felt to produce intolerance, misunderstanding or even hatred. This book brings together, for the first time, contributions that consider the ethics as well as the aesthetics of humour. The book focuses on the abuses and limits of humour, some of which excite considerable social tension and controversy. Beyond a Joke is an exciting intervention, full of challenging questions and issues.


Comic culture humour

Editors and affiliations

  • Sharon Lockyer
    • 1
  • Michael Pickering
    • 2
  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityUK
  2. 2.Loughborough UniversityUK

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