Laughter as Politics: Critical Theory in an Age of Hilarity (Taking on the Political) (Hardcover)

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Laughter As Politics offers a novel account of laughter's role in contemporary political life. A world awash in hilarity has rendered the traditional philosophical question of whether laughter should play a role in politics obsolete. Faced with the laughter generated by late-night comedians, Twitter trolls, and reality TV presidents, we must instead trace how laughter operates politically. Only an account of gelopolitics - that is, of the concrete practices of and regulations around laughter (gelōs γέλως]) that shape and reshape a political community - can reveal the possibilities and dangers of the current moment. Through investigations of the accounts of laughter offered by Thomas Hobbes, Theodor Adorno, Ralph Ellison, and feminist and queer thinkers like H l ne Cixous and Judith Butler, this book develops a critical theory of laughter that illuminates laughter as a privileged site wherein the contemporary social order constructs, preserves, and transforms itself politically.

About the Author


Patrick Giamario is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of several journal articles and Laughter as Politics will be his first monograph. Giamario is a political theorist with research interests in critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of political thought. His research has been published in Contemporary Political Theory, Philosophy & Social Criticism, Political Research Quarterly, and Angelaki. He is currently working on a new project on the politics of deception.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781474491549
ISBN-10: 1474491545
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: March 17th, 2022
Pages: 212
Language: English
Series: Taking on the Political
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