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Title: Editorial for special issue on education and humour: Education and humour as tools for social awareness and critical consciousness in contemporary classrooms
Authors: Mora, RA
Weaver, S
Lindo, LM
Keywords: Education;Comedy;Humour;Social awareness;Critical consciousness
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: International Society for Humor Studies
Citation: European Journal of Humour Research, 3(4): 1 - 8 (8), (2015)
Abstract: It is not new to consider the instructive power of humour. Both Plato and Aristotle, through their superiority theories, saw the benefit of wit as a social corrective, although they remained suspicious of the uneducated laughter of the masses (Plato in Morreall 1987; Aristotle in Morreall 1987). This approach has informed traditions of satire and resistance humour in a myriad of contexts. Stott summarises the raison d'être of satire through its aim “to denounce folly and vice and urge ethical and political reform through the subjection of ideas to humorous analysis” (Stott 2005: 109). The political potential of humour is easily recognised as a rhetorical and communicative device, yet it seems odd that little stock has been placed academically or culturally in the idea of humour as an educative tool in other social and cultural contexts and, more specifically, in the classroom.
ISSN: 2307-700X
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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