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Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology (Paperback)
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Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 30/05/1991
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Critically analyzing four decades of television situation comedies from The Honeymooners to The Bill Cosby Show, Hamamoto shows how the sitcom reflects, explains, legitimates, and challenges the society in which it is grounded, illumining the power of laughter both to reaffirm and to question existing social structures...Hamamoto offers a well-researched and refreshingly lucid study, immensely readable for its astute scholarship. Indispensable for students and scholars of television, popular culture, and comedy. Choice Nervous Laughter examines forty years of situation comedy, decade by decade, providing the first truly panoramic view of TV's most popular dramatic form. Within this context, Hamamoto traces what he describes as the dominant liberal democratic ideology implicit within situation comedy and explains its enduring popularity. Examining liberal democratic culture, politics, and society he demonstrates how the sitcom resolves social contradictions. Borrowing freely from the social sciences, history, and literary criticism he explains the curious grip the TV sitcom has had on its audience for over forty years. This book critically assesses the relationship between the media and society bringing questions of power, equality, and democracy to the foreground. Nervous Laughter is important reading for both the specialist and the general reader in its analysis of postwar American society. Nervous Laughter is a study of liberal democratic culture, politics, and society. It describes the ways affirmative aspects and contradictions of liberal democratic ideology are given form in television situation comedy. It provides a close reading of forty years of television texts. Arguing against mainstream theories of mass communications, the author presents an analytic framework that looks instead at conflict and contradiction within class society. Challenging the legitimacy of airwave control by non-democratic social institutions, Nervous Laughter concludes with a modest agenda that might lead to democratization of television.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275940508
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 230 x 154 x 15 mm
Edition: New edition


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"Hamamoto explores the vast wasteland of television and provides a provocative reading of the social and political significance of a neglected mediated text. Critically analyzing four decades of television situation comedies from The Honeymooners to The Bill Cosby Show, Hamamoto shows how the sitcom reflects, explains, legitimates, and challenges the society in which it is grounded, illumining the power of laughter both to reaffirm and to question existing social structures. Arguing for a more democratic use of the media, Hamamoto advocates a liberal democratic policy, even polemically titling a chapter on the sitcoms of the Reagan '80s as Neoconservative Death Valley Days.' What seems an overemphasis on relevant but forgettable series uike I Married Dora and Gung Ho and an underplaying of the popular All in the Family and Cheers detracts only slightly from this solid and fascinating work. Hamamoto offers a well-researched and refreshingly lucid study, immensely readable for its astute scholarship. Indispensable for students and scholars of television, popular culture, and comedy."-Choice
"Hamamoto explores the vast wasteland of television and provides a provocative reading of the social and political significance of a neglected mediated text. Critically analyzing four decades of television situation comedies from The Honeymooners to The Bill Cosby Show, Hamamoto shows how the sitcom reflects, explains, legitimates, and challenges the society in which it is grounded, illumining the power of laughter both to reaffirm and to question existing social structures. Arguing for a more democratic use of the media, Hamamoto advocates a liberal democratic policy, even polemically titling a chapter on the sitcoms of the Reagan '80s as Neoconservative Death Valley Days.' What seems an overemphasis on relevant but forgettable series like I Married Dora and Gung Ho and an underplaying of the popular All in the Family and Cheers detracts only slightly from this solid and fascinating work. Hamamoto offers a well-researched and refreshingly lucid study, immensely readable for its astute scholarship. Indispensable for students and scholars of television, popular culture, and comedy."-Choice
?Hamamoto explores the vast wasteland of television and provides a provocative reading of the social and political significance of a neglected mediated text. Critically analyzing four decades of television situation comedies from The Honeymooners to The Bill Cosby Show, Hamamoto shows how the sitcom reflects, explains, legitimates, and challenges the society in which it is grounded, illumining the power of laughter both to reaffirm and to question existing social structures. Arguing for a more democratic use of the media, Hamamoto advocates a liberal democratic policy, even polemically titling a chapter on the sitcoms of the Reagan '80s as Neoconservative Death Valley Days.' What seems an overemphasis on relevant but forgettable series like I Married Dora and Gung Ho and an underplaying of the popular All in the Family and Cheers detracts only slightly from this solid and fascinating work. Hamamoto offers a well-researched and refreshingly lucid study, immensely readable for its astute scholarship. Indispensable for students and scholars of television, popular culture, and comedy.?-Choice

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