Manlighet - skämt eller allvar?: humor som redskap i mäns förhandlingar om mansrollen
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Masculinity - jest or earnes : humor as a tool in men's negotiation of the male role (Swedish)
This in an essay concerning the use of humor in male communication. Primarily, I have focused on studying how jokes can be used as a sanction for the training of members in a (male) group. I have found great inspiration in Goffman’s thoughts on a social face and the use of humor to protect this perceived face.
Initially I started to reflect on men’s reluctance to discuss masculinity and their thoughts about the meaning of being a man. Every time I tried to hold a serious conversation, my male friends made a joke out of it. I seemed to meet a tirade of stereotypes and ironic statements. I started to think that maybe men can’t talk about masculinity in groups because of a fear of losing face? Maybe it might be so, that the concept of being a “real man” is so diffuse and loose that men today don’t know what we expect of them? This uncertainty affects men’s social life; there is a need for common ground and security.
In order to express an opinion about the act joking as well as the use of humor in male community, I first tried to familiarize myself with the prevailing notions of masculinity. I learned that the group is a powerful resource for promoting the use of stereotypes as well as the use of humor to create a sense of belonging or penalize those who do “wrong”. Jokes of all kind, friendly emphasis as well as more aggressive forms thrive in groups. I also noted that the type of humor is different in single-sex groups compared to humor in mixed gender groups. In addition to discussing the weight of group mentality I also write about body language, the importance of the ambiguity of humor and how humor can sanction in two ways:
- Laughter from the group: The target is sanctioned
- Laughter fails: The source gets sanctioned
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 60 p.
humor, male community, sanction, group, face, ethnology
humor, manlighet, gemenskap, grupper, ansikte, etnologi
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1360OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1360DiVA: diva2:506268
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