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The Ironic State

British Comedy and the Everyday Politics of Globalization

By James Brassett

Published

1 Jan 2021

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529208450

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

1 Jan 2021

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529208481

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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    What can comedy tell us about the politics of a nation?

    In this book, James Brassett builds on his prize-winning research to demonstrate how British comedy can provide intimate and vital understandings of the everyday politics of globalization in Britain.

    The book explores British comedy and Britain’s global politics from post-war imperial decline through to its awkward embrace of globalization, examining a wide variety of comedic mediums, such as the popular television show The Office and the crowdfunded online satire The Daily Mash. Touching on issues such as empire, the class system and capitalism, the author demonstrates how comedy offers valuable insights on how global market life is experienced, mediated, contested and accommodated.

    "In this entertaining and incisive analysis, James Brassett historically traces British comedy through a broader global context. His creative counsel for a productive image of comedic resistance is one that has never been more urgent, or welcome, than today." Brent Steele, University of Utah

    "A fascinating perspective on how British comedy is integrated into our lived experience of globalised culture, its historical sweep is brought bang up to date with ‘citizen satire’ in meme culture and global platforms for our star comedians. A timely and thoughtful study on the politics of comedy." Jane Arthurs, co-author of Russell Brand: Comedy, Celebrity, Politics (Palgave 2016).

    “Very impressive theoretical and empirical contribution, easy to read, funny and interesting” Alex Sutton, Oxford Brooks University

    James Brassett is Reader in International Political Economy (IPE) at the University of Warwick.

    Introduction: British Comedy and the Politics of Globalisation;

    Everyday IPE, Resistance, and the Politics of Comedy;

    The Satire Boom: Imperial Decline and the Rise of the Everyday Elite;

    Alternative Comedy and Resistance to ‘Thatcher’s Britain’;

    Everyday Irony and the Rise of New Satire;

    Irony as Accommodation: The Office of Post-Fordism;

    Austerity and the Return of Radical Comedy;

    Brexaggeddon, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Single Market;

    The Globalisation of British Comedy;

    Conclusion: Alternative Economies of Alternative Comedy.