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ERIC Number: EJ969395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Reflections on Jokes and Cartoons about Suicide
Lester, David
Death Studies, v36 n7 p664-674 2012
This article is intended to engage others in a dialogue about the role and meaning of jokes about suicide. Types of jokes involving suicide are examined to distinguish the different types of humor involved. A sample of 118 recent political cartoons in an online website was downloaded, of which 73 concerned suicide bombers. Examples of suicide cartons and jokes involving disparagement, incongruity, repression, and ridiculousness are provided. Although in some contexts, such as suicidal terrorism, these themes may be appropriate, a few cartons and jokes that addressed ordinary suicidal individuals were often hostile.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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