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  1. Steven Black
    Steven Black December 10, 2013 at 5:53 am |

    This is a great rundown from of the formalist and pragmatic aspects of humor. In addition, humor comes from a person’s recognition that s/he implicitly shares the cultural knowledge needed to interpret the joke–what Basso, drawing from Babcock and Bateson, called a “secondary text.” It usually stops being funny when made explicit… which is why it can be very dull to teach joking and humor in an anthropology course!

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