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Political Humor

  • By: Amy M. Bippus
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

A wide range of social phenomena fall under the umbrella of political humor. Politics refers broadly to social behaviors related to the governing bodies of a nation or comparable entity. Political humor, then, encompasses humor directed at or derived from politics, policies, political parties, institutions, and individuals involved in the political process, as well as humor used by politicians themselves.

Humor About Politics and Politicians

Humor directed at politics and politicians may be seen as a means by which constituents figuratively undermine the ruling powers. Such humor may address the suppression of personal and political freedoms, as has been noted in contemporary Asian political humor, or highlight the contrast between politicians' public promises and the reality of their actions, which has been fodder for observers of American ...

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