The Divisive Power of Humour: Comedy, Taste and Symbolic Boundaries

  title={The Divisive Power of Humour: Comedy, Taste and Symbolic Boundaries},
  author={Sam Friedman and Giselinde Kuipers},
  journal={Cultural Sociology},
  pages={179 - 195}
Using British and Dutch interview data, this article demonstrates how people from different social classes draw strong symbolic boundaries on the basis of comedy taste. Eschewing the omnivorousness described in recent studies of cultural consumption, comedy audiences make negative aesthetic and moral judgements on the basis of comedy taste, and often make harsh judgements without the disclaimers, apologies and ambivalence so typical of ‘taste talk’ in contemporary culture. The article… 
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