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Political comedy engagement: Identity and community construction

Doona, Joanna LU (2020) In European Journal of Cultural Studies 23(4). p.531-547
Abstract
This article uses the concept of cultural citizenship to understand engagement in political comedy. The concept stresses popular culture’s value for identity and community construction, as well as the importance of learning about and respecting others. Using empirical work on Swedish young adult political comedy audiences in the form of data from in-depth interviews and focus groups, the article argues for analysis of engagement in various discursive forms, in studies of media and citizenship. More specifically, the article answers the question: which citizenship values are defended by political comedy engagement? In order to identify such values, the study focuses on the ways in which audience members construct identity and community, in... (More)
This article uses the concept of cultural citizenship to understand engagement in political comedy. The concept stresses popular culture’s value for identity and community construction, as well as the importance of learning about and respecting others. Using empirical work on Swedish young adult political comedy audiences in the form of data from in-depth interviews and focus groups, the article argues for analysis of engagement in various discursive forms, in studies of media and citizenship. More specifically, the article answers the question: which citizenship values are defended by political comedy engagement? In order to identify such values, the study focuses on the ways in which audience members construct identity and community, in relation to their political comedy engagement. Four themes of community construction are found: lacking social contexts, ideology and strong emotions, knowledge and education, and irony as a discursive mode and disposition. From these, the values of playful and emotional modes of engagement are conceptualized. The final parts of the article argue for those modes’ legitimacy and significance – both in relation to engagement in, and through, political comedy. (Less)
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Engagemang i politisk komedi: Identitets- och gruppkonstruktioner
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Contribution to journal
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published
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keywords
Audiences, citizenship, community, cultural citizenship, engagement, identity, political comedy, satire
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European Journal of Cultural Studies
volume
23
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4
pages
17 pages
publisher
SAGE Publications
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  • scopus:85058638898
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1367-5494
DOI
10.1177/1367549418810081
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English
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yes
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68591c05-e6fb-4cc3-92b4-c4772bf7548d
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2018-12-03 10:13:54
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  abstract     = {This article uses the concept of cultural citizenship to understand engagement in political comedy. The concept stresses popular culture’s value for identity and community construction, as well as the importance of learning about and respecting others. Using empirical work on Swedish young adult political comedy audiences in the form of data from in-depth interviews and focus groups, the article argues for analysis of engagement in various discursive forms, in studies of media and citizenship. More specifically, the article answers the question: which citizenship values are defended by political comedy engagement? In order to identify such values, the study focuses on the ways in which audience members construct identity and community, in relation to their political comedy engagement. Four themes of community construction are found: lacking social contexts, ideology and strong emotions, knowledge and education, and irony as a discursive mode and disposition. From these, the values of playful and emotional modes of engagement are conceptualized. The final parts of the article argue for those modes’ legitimacy and significance – both in relation to engagement in, and through, political comedy.},
  author       = {Doona, Joanna},
  issn         = {1367-5494},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {531--547},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications},
  series       = {European Journal of Cultural Studies},
  title        = {Political comedy engagement: Identity and community construction},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549418810081},
  doi          = {10.1177/1367549418810081},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2020},
}