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By Darrell Y. Hamamoto

Critically interpreting 4 a long time of tv state of affairs comedies from The Honeymooners to The invoice Cosby express, Hamamoto exhibits how the sitcom displays, explains, legitimates, and demanding situations the society during which it truly is grounded, illumining the ability of laughter either to reaffirm and to query present social buildings. . . . Hamamoto deals a well-researched and refreshingly lucid research, immensely readable for its astute scholarship. crucial for college kids and students of tv, pop culture, and comedy. Choice

Nervous Laughter examines 40 years of scenario comedy, decade by way of decade, offering the 1st actually panoramic view of TV's most well-liked dramatic shape. inside of this context, Hamamoto lines what he describes because the dominant liberal democratic ideology implicit inside state of affairs comedy and explains its enduring acceptance. reading liberal democratic tradition, politics, and society he demonstrates how the sitcom resolves social contradictions. Borrowing freely from the social sciences, background, and literary feedback he explains the curious grip the television sitcom has had on its viewers for over 40 years. This e-book significantly assesses the connection among the media and society bringing questions of strength, equality, and democracy to the foreground. Nervous Laughter is necessary studying for either the expert and the final reader in its research of postwar American society.

Nervous Laughter is a examine of liberal democratic tradition, politics, and society. It describes the methods affirmative elements and contradictions of liberal democratic ideology are given shape in tv state of affairs comedy. It presents a detailed analyzing of 40 years of tv texts. Arguing opposed to mainstream theories of mass communications, the writer provides an analytic framework that appears as an alternative at clash and contradiction inside category society. hard the legitimacy of airwave regulate by means of non-democratic social associations, Nervous Laughter concludes with a modest time table that will result in democratization of television.

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