Political Humor as a Confrontational Tool against the Syrian Regime; A Study Case: Syria, 15th March 2011 – 15th May 2012
International Catalan Institute for Peace, Working Paper No. 2012/8
79 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2013
Date Written: 12, 2012
The aim of this working paper is to analyze the inclusion of political humor into the set of actions used by opponents to the Syrian regime during the first year of a state-wide uprising in 2011. The research argues that although political humor has traditionally been seen mainly as a concealed voice against dominant elites, it can nevertheless take a confrontational stance and challenge a regime. In this paper we assess the role of political humor in challenging the legitimacy of the Syrian State through the battle for the signification of events. We will work with a theoretical framework that draws its assumptions from social movements’ studies and cultural studies. Through the assessment of the importance of discourse and the role of ideological domination to a regime we will see how the first year of the Syrian uprising included widespread acts of political humor as part of the strategy against the regime.
Keywords: humor, political opposition, Resistance – Syria, Revolutions – Syria, popular revolts
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