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Clowning in Zones of Crisis: Treating Laughter as a Serious Matter: An Exploratory Study on Humanitarian Clowns in the Humanitarian Field
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research focuses on the art of clowning as a tool and method of psychosocial support in situations of crisis. As this topic is notably under-addressed in scholarly research, this research aims to deepen knowledge on humanitarian clowns in the contemporary humanitarian world. By analyzing the humanitarian clown from the perspective of members of the organization ‘Clowns Without Borders’ (CWB), this research asks: What is the position, practice and function of humanitarian clowns in the humanitarian world? Besides a wider pool of data based on relevant literature, the empirical material for the analysis was collected by conducting a total of five semi-structured in-depth interviews with the representatives of the Clowns Without Borders, as well as artists working within it. In addition, secondary data has primarily been gathered from the CWB USA blog. Analysis of this data demonstrated that clowning in humanitarian settings can serve several functions. The results indicate that the humanitarian clown is a complex being and that clowns perceive their position in humanitarian world as defined by the unique human connection they establish with the people they work for. They among others can have the effect to bring about joy, happiness, self-reflection, physiological and psychosocial relief, hope, trust and community and can be perceived as an undervalued method of promoting psychosocial wellbeing in settings of humanitarian crisis.

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2019. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
clowns, humanitarianism, Clowns Without Borders, play, laughter, psychosocial support
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-389548OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-389548DiVA, id: diva2:1337831
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International Humanitarian Action
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Master Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict
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Available from: 2019-07-23 Created: 2019-07-17 Last updated: 2019-07-23Bibliographically approved

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