I-Get-It as a Type of Bonding Humor: The Secret Handshake
24 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2006
Date Written: 2003
The primary function of what the authors call bonding humor appears to be the creation of a feeling of belongingness and togetherness. This category of humor covers a wide variety of comic endeavors, including the humor of various ethnic groups, racial groups, religions, professions, scientific disciplines and, indeed, any group of individuals who share a body of knowledge, rituals, experience, lore and, of, course, a sense of humor. A special kind of bonding humor is I-get-it humor, which is hermetic, that is, the listener must bring some kind of specialized knowledge to the joke-telling enterprise or the joke is meaningless, or, at least, not funny. The authors show that bonding humor, along with the narrower sub-category of I-get-it humor, is a powerful tool for producing and/or strengthening a shared social bond, and can serve many purposes.
Keywords: bonding humor, in-group humor, humor studies
JEL Classification: z00, z10
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