SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY SEMINAR - 16 NOVEMBER 2015 - ANDREW SANCHEZ - KENT
|Starts:||16:00 16 Nov 2015|
|Ends:||18:00 16 Nov 2015|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Title : "Profane Relations: The Irony of offensive Jokes in India"
On the shop floor of an Indian automobile plant, a multi-ethnic workforce exchanges potentially offensive ethnic jokes with one another while remaining largely silent on actual incidences of communal violence.
This paper shows how silence and profane humour are important aspects of an inter-ethic sociality in the workplace, which distances itself from the retaliatory logics of communal violence.
Speaking in the indirect register of irony, I argue that jokes about one another's religion and ethnicity are a means by which cultural intimates articulate anti-communal perspectives on public
I suggest that profanity is a style of interaction that relates to an anti-communal sociality which distances itself from the politics of sanctity.
Key words : Class, Communalism, Irony, Joking, Profanity, Work
Social Anthropology Seminar
Monday, 16 November 2015
(Tea and Coffee will be available outside the boardroom at 4:00pm)
2.016/2.017, Second Floor Boardroom, Arthur Lewis Building
Organisation: University of Kent
Travel and Contact Information
2nd floor Boardroom, 2.016 / 2.017
Arthur Lewis Building