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„Карат ли ми се, значи съществувам” (Или защо разказваме политически вицове)
“They Are Angry with Me, So I Do Exist” (or Why Do People Tell Political Jokes)

Author(s): Stanoy Stanoev
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The article regards one of the most widespread kinds of jokes – the ones about presidents. The author aims to find out the general and deep premise from which further on the political jokes can be studied in their historical, cultural, regional etc. variability. Thereby, the presidents’ jokes are not treated as making fun with the social and political ruling top and the possible interpretations in this respect. The stress is put on the very appearance of the ruling top in the jokes. We could speak about a cultural universal which still exists a specific mode at present. The jokes represent the basic relation between the individuals and the top of the social system. This relation is of existential significance both for the individual and for the system. In this case the narration is an act of self-identification in its global meaning – as a proof for existence, for appearance, for affiliation to the human kind. Such conclusions affirm both the functions and the content of the presidents’ jokes.

  • Issue Year: XIX/1993
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 26-35
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian