I-Get-It as a Type of Bonding Humor: The Secret Handshake

24 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2006

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Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Linda Weiser and Friedman, Hershey H., I-Get-It as a Type of Bonding Humor: The Secret Handshake (2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=913622 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.913622

Linda Weiser Friedman (Contact Author)

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business ( email )

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CUNY - The Graduate Center

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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