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Making the threatening other laughable: Ambiguous performances of urban vernaculars in Swedish media
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2001-6136
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2020 (English)In: Language & Communication, ISSN 0271-5309, E-ISSN 1873-3395, Vol. 71, p. 1-15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The threatening young man who speaks Rinkeby Swedish has become a culturally recognizable ‘figure of personhood’ (Agha, 2007) of linguistic and ethnic otherness in Sweden. Drawing upon Billig's theory of humour, we illustrate how this characterological persona is not monolithic; nor does it remain uncontested but is constantly being (re)negotiated in the media. By drawing attention to those humorous performances that rhetorically make fun of entrenched stereotypes, the article explores the subversive, as well as disciplinary, potentials of this kind of humour. Read together, the examples in this article indicate that the ‘exemplary speaker’ (Androutsopoulos, 2016) of Swedish contemporary urban vernaculars can be laughed at and with but cannot easily be fixed into a unified homogenous figure.

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2020. Vol. 71, p. 1-15
Keywords [en]
Contemporary urban vernacular, Humour, Laughter, Rinkeby Swedish, Sweden, Unlaughter
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Languages and Literature Sociology
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Child and Youth Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177950DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2019.11.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177950DiVA, id: diva2:1385285
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-00873Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-20Bibliographically approved

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