(In/exclusion) Humor and diversity in Finnish public radio: ‘If all immigrants were as funny as you guys, nobody would have any problems’

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Malmberg , M & Awad , I 2019 , ' (In/exclusion) Humor and diversity in Finnish public radio: ‘If all immigrants were as funny as you guys, nobody would have any problems’ ' , European Journal of Cultural Studies , vol. 22 , no. 2 , pp. 213-230 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549418823060

Title: (In/exclusion) Humor and diversity in Finnish public radio: ‘If all immigrants were as funny as you guys, nobody would have any problems’
Author: Malmberg, Mikko; Awad, Isabel
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences
Date: 2019-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: European Journal of Cultural Studies
ISSN: 1367-5494
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/301280
Abstract: Similar to the rest of Europe, multicultural programming in Finland has become risky for public broadcasting. Programs aimed at encouraging social inclusion may not attract sufficiently large audiences and may be attacked by ever louder anti-immigration voices. This article focuses on what seems to be an exception in this respect: Ali and Husu. Hosted by immigrants from Iran and Somalia ? a stand-up comedian and a politician ? this popular talk show aired on Finnish public radio between 2013 and 2016. Through interviews with the producers and the analysis of a selection of episodes, we examine Ali and Husu?s daring and unapologetic ethnic/racial humor as well as its combination of funny and serious talk. Our findings underscore specific ways in which multicultural programming can use humor strategically to engage relatively large and diverse audiences in discussions meant to humanize immigrants and challenge social prejudices, while minimizing right-wing criticism and unintended readings.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
518 Media and communications
Cultural diversity
ethnic humor
Finland
immigration
multiculturalism
polysemy
public broadcasting
racism
talk show
Yle
MULTICULTURALISM
BLACK
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