Putting the “self” in self-deprecation: When deprecating humor about minorities is acceptable
AuthorEllithorpe, Morgan E.
Holbert, R. Lance
DepartmentCommunication and Social Influence
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AbstractThis study tested how source knowledge affects enjoyment of self- deprecating humor about a minority group. Participants made aware that the sourc of a message poking fun at people with disabilities was himself disabled had more positive evaluations of the cartoon and author than participants un-aware of his disability. Participants initially given no source information judged the author more positively the second time when they were given follow-up source information. Finally, some effects were moderated by the disability status of the message receiver, such that having a disability or knowing someone who does predicted higher liking of the cartoons when the author is disabled but lower liking when he is not. The results suggest a role for self-deprecating humor in intergroup relations, and predict when such humor will be accepted by mi-nority and non-minority group members.
CitationEllithorpe, M., Esralew, S. & Holbert, L. (2014). Putting the “self” in self-deprecation: When deprecating humor about minorities is acceptable. HUMOR, 27(3), 401-422. https://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2014-0070
Citation to related workDe Gruyter
Has partInternational Journal of Humor Research (HUMOR), Vol. 27, No. 3
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