Humor og latter i et afgrænset fællesskab

Lea Astrid Darmon, Simon Brun Andersen & Ida Magnus

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project it will be explored how humour and laughter can work as a tool to establish and negotiate social relations inside a culturally delineated community. It will also be explored how humour and laughter can be used as a window to describe the content of the cultural community. By combining Kirsten Hastrups theory about Culture as flexible communities, Michael Billigs theory about Disciplinary humour, and Phillip Glenns theoretical thoughts about Laughter in interaction with the theory Conversation Analysis, an analysis of a video recording of a mothersgroups conversation will be made. The utterances of the members of the mothergroup will be analyzed on a microlevel, one by one. The focus in the analysis will be on the ways which the members use humour and laughter as a social toll in the interaction, and on how the members respond on each other’s laughables. By exploring the member’s collective response on a laughable, we get an insight in two important aspects. First of all we get insight in the social function of humour and laughter in the relation. Second of all we get a clear idea of what is considered funny by the group, which gives us insight in the shared understandings of the members of the community. In this way we get a clear picture of how the members of the group, uses humour and laughter to create and sustain their cultural delineated community. In the analysis, all the parts of the conversation where humour and laughter is used will be analyzed. Based on the social functions, the examples of humour and laughter will be organized into three categories. The categories are “Affiliation”, “Ridicule” and “Troubletelling”. After the analysis of the examples, we will show how three patterns emerge. These patterns cover the ways humour and laughter is used as a social tool, in the specific social context of the mothergroup. The patterns also show what common sense understandings that are reflected in the use of humour and laughter inside the group. By focusing on the shared understandings and cultural praxis’s that are reflected in the ways humour and laughter are used by the members, a characteristic of the cultural delineated community, in form of the mothergroup, will be made.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jun. 2014
VejledereLouise Tranekjær


  • Kulturelt fællesskab
  • Humor og latter