It's Not a Laughing Matter: Critical Geopolitics, Humour and Unlaughter

Klaus Dodds, Philip Kirby

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This paper explores the possibilities of considering humour and laughter as a serious matter of concern for critical geopolitics and political geography more generally. While there has been some interest in this topic, there is scope to devise a more expansive research agenda. Using both laughter and Michael Billig's notion of unlaughter, the paper considers how these visceral expressions contribute, often in subtle ways, to the making of geopolitical subjectivities. The final part of the paper considers some possibilities for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45
Number of pages59
Issue number1
Early online date11 Sept 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Geopolitics
  • Laughter
  • Humor
  • Unlaughter

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