Stripping the Boss : The Powerful Role of Humor in the Egyptian Revolution 2011

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Helmy , M M & Frerichs , S 2013 , ' Stripping the Boss : The Powerful Role of Humor in the Egyptian Revolution 2011 ' , Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science , vol. 47 , no. 4 , pp. 50-81 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s12124-013-9239-x

Title: Stripping the Boss : The Powerful Role of Humor in the Egyptian Revolution 2011
Author: Helmy, Mohamed M.; Frerichs, Sabine
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Biosciences
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law




Date: 2013
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
ISSN: 1932-4502
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12124-013-9239-x
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/208839
Abstract: The Egyptian Revolution 2011 has shaken the Arab world and stirred up Middle-East politics. Moreover, it caused a rush in political science and the neighboring disciplines, which had not predicted an event like this and now have troubles explaining it. While many things can be learned from the popular uprising, and from the limitations of previous scholarship, our focus will be on a moral resource, which has occasionally been noticed, but not sufficiently explored: the role of humor in keeping up the spirit of the Revolution. For eighteen days, protestors persevered at Liberation Square in Central Cairo, the epicenter of resistance; at times a few dozens, at times hundreds of thousands. What they did was to fight the terror of the regime, which reached absurd peaks during those days, with humor – successfully. We offer a social-functionalist account of the uprising, which includes behavioral as well as cultural levels of analysis, and illuminates how humorous means helped to achieve deadly serious goals. By reconstructing how Egyptians laughed themselves into democracy, we outline a social psychology of resistance, which uses humor both as a sword and a shield.
Subject: 5201 Political History
Egypt
2011 Revolution
Political humor
Stress
Culture
Social Psychology
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