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Title A comedian and an activist walk into a bar : the serious role of comedy in social justice / Caty Borum Chattoo and Lauren Feldman.
Author Borum Chattoo, Caty, author.
Publication Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]
Description xvi, 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Call # 792.76 B
Series Communication for social justice activism ; 1
Communication for social justice activism ; 1.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Why comedy, and why now? -- How comedy works as a change agent -- From stand-up to sitcoms : socially critical comedy across genres -- Can laughter help save the planet? comedy's role in communicating about climate change -- Beyond poverty porn : how comedy re-frames poverty and engages publics -- Comedians' perspectives on the intersections of art and activism -- Creative collaborations : how comedians and social justice advocates work together -- Imagining the future of comedy's role in social justice.
Summary "The contemporary intersection of comedy and social justice is embodied in the voices of comedians who are saying something serious about the world they inhabit while they make us laugh. But it also resides in the actions of social justice advocates who embrace comedy's artistic ability to grab and hold attention, to persuade and mobilize, to focus a critical lens on injustice, to humanize, and to allow optimism into seemingly hopeless social problems. Through rich case studies, audience research, and interviews with comedians and social justice leaders and strategists, A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice explains how comedy--both in the entertainment marketplace and leveraged as cultural strategy--can engage audiences with issues such as global poverty, climate change, immigration, and sexual assault, and how activists work with comedy to reach and empower publics in the networked, participatory digital media age"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Comedy -- Political aspects -- United States.
Social justice -- United States.
Mass media -- Political aspects -- United States.
Comedy -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00869089
Mass media -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst01011278
Social justice. (OCoLC)fst01122603
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Addl. Author Feldman, Lauren, 1977- author.
Related To Online version: Borum Chattoo, Caty. A comedian and an activist walk into a bar Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019] 9780520971356 (DLC) 2019036802
ISBN 9780520299771 (hardcover)
0520299779 (hardcover)
9780520299764 (paperback)
0520299760 (paperback)

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