The politics of humour in the public sphere: Cartoons, power and modernity in the first transnational humour scandal

  title={The politics of humour in the public sphere: Cartoons, power and modernity in the first transnational humour scandal},
  author={Giselinde Kuipers},
  journal={European Journal of Cultural Studies},
  pages={63 - 80}
  • G. Kuipers
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of Cultural Studies
This article analyses the Danish ‘cartoon crisis’ as a transnational ‘humour scandal’. While most studies conceptualize this crisis as a controversy about free speech or international relations, this article addresses the question why the crisis was sparked by cartoons. First, the article discusses the culturally specific ‘humour regime’ in which the cartoons were embedded. Second, it analyses the power dynamics of humour.Thirdly, it discusses how the cartoon crisis added a new element to the… 

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