Humorous states: IR, new diplomacy and the rise of comedy in global politics

Brassett, J., Browning, C. S. and Wedderburn, A. (2021) Humorous states: IR, new diplomacy and the rise of comedy in global politics. Global Society, 35(1), pp. 1-7. (doi: 10.1080/13600826.2020.1828302)

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Humour and laughter inform the affective economy of the everyday life in global politics; jokes can occupy an instrumental role in political and diplomatic communication, while various practices of comedy embody and enact hierarchies of power within society. This Special Issue on Humour and Global Politics situates the politics of joking and laughter within the disciplinary debates and emergent research dilemmas of International Relations (IR). In different ways, the articles explore the important and sometimes difficult role played by humour in ordering, performing and—in certain circumstances—subverting the theory and practice of global politics.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was conducted in part thanks to BA/Leverhulme grant SRG18R1\181229: ‘Humorous States: New Diplomacy and the Rise of Comedy in International Relations’.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wedderburn, Dr Alister
Authors: Brassett, J., Browning, C. S., and Wedderburn, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Global Society
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-798X
Published Online:23 October 2020

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