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978-1-4985-0316-7 • Hardback • October 2015 • $87.00 • (£67.00)
978-1-4985-0318-1 • Paperback • April 2017 • $46.99 • (£36.00)
978-1-4985-0317-4 • eBook • October 2015 • $44.50 • (£34.00)
John C. Meyer is professor of communication studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Chapter 1: A Communicative Introduction to Humor
Chapter 2: Humor as Life Pattern Disruption
Chapter 3: Theories of Humor Origin
Chapter 4: Humor as Uniting and Dividing
Chapter 5: Functions of Humor in Communication
Chapter 6: Humor’s “Black Box”—A Model of Individual Humor Choice
Chapter 7: Characteristics of Individual Humor
Chapter 8: Humor and Persuasion
Chapter 9: Humor in Organizations and Cultures
Chapter 10: Humor in Personal Relationships
Chapter 11: Dangers of Humor for Relationships
Chapter 12: A Social Model of Humor
John C. Meyer thoroughly covers many of the classical and philosophical works in humor studies. However, Meyer’s most meaningful contributions are his explanations of humor functions and the communicative implications of humor usage. This book is a must read for communication scholars and people interested in studying humor.
— Matthew C. Ramsey, Shippensburg University
The study of humorous communication has truly expanded and grown into its own. Meyers’ book illustrates the array of diverse humor-related topics, pulled together in one source. A great resource for anyone beginning to study humor and communication processes.
— Melanie Booth-Butterfield, West Virginia University
Understanding Humor through Communication does an excellent job of summarizing and expanding upon his work on humor functions. Meyer demonstrates the range of contexts where humorous communication contributes to important outcomes. This book is a welcome addition to the field of Communication studies.
— Nathan Miczo, Western Illinois University