Achmed the dead terrorist and humor in popular geopolitics

  • Purcell D
  • Brown M
  • Gokmen M
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Abstract

The critical geopolitics literature has engaged popular culture and media in many forms, usually focused on mass media or elite-produced niche media. The issue of humor as a form of popular culture with geopolitical content has been explored only recently by geographers. This paper utilizes disposition theory, with its emphasis on social context, to link humor and geopolitical analyses of humor. The analysis of two Jeff Dunham comedy skits centering on the character Achmed the Dead Terrorist demonstrates the utility of disposition theory as a construct to situate humor in the context of its original production and as a fluid, global phenomenon that is shared through various social networks via the Internet.

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  • Critical geopolitics
  • Disposition theory
  • Humor
  • Popular culture
  • Popular geopolitics

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Authors

  • Darren Purcell

  • Melissa Scott Brown

  • Mahmut Gokmen

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