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The Ironic Body: Obscene Joking Among Swedish Working-Class Women
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
1994 (English)In: Ethnos, ISSN 0014-1844, E-ISSN 1469-588X, Vol. 59, no 3-4, 187-211 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article describes the usage of every day forms of obscene joking among primarily working-class women in a small town in Sweden. The author considers obscenity as symbolically related to the sometimes painful, sometimes absurd experiences of sexuality and bodily functions, andas an expression for and a means of coping with the incongruities of social life. Through the form of humor, obscenity becomes a subtle and complex means of cultural and social critique. This also creates a sense of community among the women who engage in the obscene joking.

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1994. Vol. 59, no 3-4, 187-211 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42761DOI: 10.1080/00141844.1994.9981499OAI: diva2:351399
Available from: 2010-09-14 Created: 2010-09-14 Last updated: 2010-09-14Bibliographically approved

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