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Douglas Ayling

and one which little can be done to guard against except by including a greater number of

sources. It ought also to be noted that whilst there are three sources for political jokes under

the authoritarian regime type, the actual total number of jokes examined (36) is very low.

Here the risk is therefore that the picture created by such a small selection of jokes is

unrepresentative or severely distorted.

It is noted here that although Uxio Valentin’s study was written 12 years after

Franco’s death, as with the other two sources for the Franco government, unless there is a

clear reason to think otherwise, I have proceeded on the assumption that the jokes presented

were in circulation under Franco qua authoritarian regime.

Methodology

Having identified the sources above, it was necessary to produce an analytical

frame by which comparative work could be undertaken on sets of jokes. In order to

categorise the jokes found under each regime type I asked the question: “Does this instance

of humour seem primarily to speak to the state, the regime or the ideology of the regime (or

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