Exploring Ethnic Disparagement Humor from a Benign Violations Perspective.
Fenton, Jessica L.
- Abstract: Participants were simultaneously in a within/between subjects design measuring perceived humor across two conditions: one in which a joke-teller told five ethnic stereotype jokes and one in which the joke teller told five neutral jokes. The experiment was double blind. For each joke and scenario participants indicated whether they were amused, disgusted, laughed, smiled, thought the ... read morescenario was wrong, and thought the scenario was not wrong. There were two main effects found across joke teller conditions, such that participants were less likely to smile and more likely to call a Jewish joke wrong (p<.05). We also found a significant interaction for laughter, such that participants that were not Jewish were more likely to laugh at a Jewish joke told by a Jew than they were when the joke was told by a Christian (p<.05). These results indicate that not only is joke teller key in perceived humor (i.e. laughter) of an ethnic disparagement joke, but so is the audience. Further research could determine if the audience being an in-group verse an out-group would change these outcomes.read less