Debating irony and the ironic as a social phenomenon and a human capacity
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What follows is a set of paired articles, followed by a statement by both authors where they debate their distinct positions. Both articles treat irony, but while Rapport looks to it as a possible liberal virtue, a means of dealing with radical difference in a modern democracy, including the illiberal, Stade approaches irony from an ontological position that considers social relationships and cultural contingencies to be but one facet of human existence and irony and alienation to have an existential depth, the study of which can facilitate a rapprochement between sociocultural and philosophical anthropology. The paired articles are pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, perhaps: irony as world-mocking as well as world-tolerant.
Rapport , N J & Stade , R 2014 , ' Debating irony and the ironic as a social phenomenon and a human capacity ' Social Anthropology , vol. 22 , no. 4 , pp. 443-478 . DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12089
© 2014 European Association of Social Anthropologists. This is the accepted version of the following article: Rapport N. and Stade R. (2014), DEBATE, Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 22, pages 443–478, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12089.
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