ABSTRACT

Chaplin’s politics of joking rising from his criticism of social injustice and his persistence in hopes of humanity define his comic legacy. His mastery of the “attitude of defiance” is embodied in his performances of the resilient tramp who never gives in to the force that aims to destroy him. Humor is a social phenomenon depending on intentionality and consciousness. It often confronts, or even controls, the moral values within political discourse. Anthropological engagement with humor and laughter has been historically scarce. While humor has not been considered by many anthropological studies, evidence suggests that an anthropologist’s engagement with humor and joking has been interwoven into a linguistic analysis of rituals, play and speech as well as social structure or symbolic interpretations of the social relations. Humor and joking are generally viewed as properties of specific sociolinguistic phenomena or “langue-culture”.