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Douglas Ayling

1.) Especially in repressive regimes, political jokes can provide spaces for the articulation

of non-official or counter-official ideas which may more closely resemble private

sentiments.

2.) The range of political jokes in circulation under any given government will to some

extent resonate with the lived experience of the joke-tellers under that political system.

3.) Different regimes types will offer a different set of possibilities conducive to the

making and telling of jokes as a function not only of levels of repression etc., but by

virtue of the modes in which their state/regime relationship and their configurations of

pluralism, ideology, leadership and mobilisation present points of friction or rupture

within the social structure as typically experienced by the citizen.

There are numerous and diverse theories of humour and of jokes. In the paper

‘Risky Business: Political Jokes under Repressive Regimes’22, the folklore anthropologist

and humour specialist Elliott Oring examines six possible explanations for why people tell

political jokes. To outline them, the first – essentially null – hypothesis would be that

political jokes are much like other forms of joking and should be regarded simply as

22 Elliott Oring, ‘Risky Business: Political Jokes under Repressive Regimes’, Western Folklore, (Summer 2004); available at: <http://www.looksmartfamilytree.com/p/articles/mi_qa3732/is_200407/ai_n14687876>, retrieved: 1st January 2006

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