A Literature Review on Identity, Humor, and Offense: Exploring and Understanding Cards Against Humanity

ABSTRACT: I plan to explore how various aspects of one’s identity–e.g. age, gender, sexuality, race, etc–inform and influence one’s sense of humor as well as one’s sensibility. More specifically, I will conduct a literature review wherein I compile the most relevant scholarly work across several fields on the subject–including humor studies, psychology, and sociology. Finally, I will use the popular party game Cards Against Humanity (CAH) as a connecting focal point for my research. Cards Against Humanity, i.e. “a party game for horrible people”, asks players to choose the funniest punchline from a set of cards to complete a given setup or prompt–the result is oftentimes a dirty, dark, or satirical joke. As players confront controversial cards, they are forced to decide what is funny and what is simply offensive. Subsequently, each player must define their sense of humor, their sensibility, and their identity amidst a social group. At the same time, players must be mindful of the particular humors, sensibilities, and identities of others in the group. For that reason, CAH is an excellent medium through which to research the interplay of these three factors. This piece of research is an essential first step in moving towards an understanding of the fascinating social phenomenon that is Cards Against Humanity.

Mapping Media Responses to Research

My research is drawing to a close just in time for classes to start. My advisor, Professor Linneman, is helping me to formalize and flesh out a brief paper that I’ve written about my findings. In it, I describe the types of coverage that I found most commonly, which include
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Post 3: Community Based Participatory Research

As my research project comes to a close, I’d like to attempt to make some broad conclusions and tie together the concepts of health promotion and community capacity building one last time.  In previous posts I discussed the importance of using research as a link between capacity building and health promotion and examined the sociological concept of community. In this final post I would like to introduce a community based research method that unites concepts in these previous posts and in my opinion, is one of the most promising methods through which to conduct capacity building and health promotion in unison. This method is called community based participatory research, abbreviated as CBPR .

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Post 2: The Concept of Community in Health Promotion & Capacity Building

During the past month I’ve been writing, editing and rewriting my research paper, which focuses on the intersection between community capacity building and health promotion. The more I researched, it became clear that I’ve tackled a pretty huge topic that could take volumes to explain. So, I’ve decided to view my Monroe project as an introductory document that provides a simplified explanation of how health promotion and capacity building can be conducted in tandem. Cognizant of the fact that this is only a starting place for much more in depth investigations, it is important to frame my research in the right sociological context before continuing. Thus, in this post I’m going to discuss the concept of community and it’s relevance to capacity building and health promotion. I’ve used some information from people who can explain this more clearly than I, so excuse the citations.

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