Humor theory and the fear of being laughed at

@inproceedings{Davies2009HumorTA,
  title={Humor theory and the fear of being laughed at},
  author={Christie Davies},
  year={2009}
}
Abstract Systematic empirical research into the extent to which individuals in different societies fear being laughed at is new and has implications for humor theory. Humor theorists such as Hobbes and Bergson implicitly assume that such fears were generally at a high level and both Hobbes' superiority theory of laughter and Bergson's view of it as a social corrective depend on this assumption. They purport to be general theories but are in fact the product of the particular societies in which… 
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