Some Social Functions of Laughter

  title={Some Social Functions of Laughter},
  author={Rose Laub Coser},
  journal={Human Relations},
  pages={171 - 182}
  • R. Coser
  • Published 1 April 1959
  • Psychology
  • Human Relations
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