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Title:Reality Play: A Sociological Analysis of Amusement
Author(s):Flaherty, Michael Gregory
Department / Program:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, General
Abstract:This report represents an attempt to learn how human beings provoke the emotion "amusement" within themselves or others. In the tradition of Georg Simmel, this task is undertaken through the distillation of that particular form of interpersonal relations which is employed invariably for the production of mirth. Literal conduct is juxtaposed with humor in an effort to grasp the unique properties of jocularity. Analytic induction is applied to ethnographic observations, and these data provide the empirical basis for the conceptualization of "reality play"--that special form of social interaction which is the universal medium for comedy.
Issue Date:1982
Description:274 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8302859
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1982

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