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Author Yue, Xiaodong, author

Title Humor and Chinese culture : a psychological perspective / Xiaodong Yue
Published London ; New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 215 pages) : illustrations
Series Routledge studies in Asian behavioural sciences
Routledge studies in Asian behavioural sciences.
Contents Chapter 1 Humor, philosophy, and Chinese culture -- chapter 2 Chinese and Western views of humor -- chapter 3 Chinese ambivalence about humor -- chapter 4 Humor and Chinese personality -- chapter 5 Humor and Chinese emotions -- chapter 6 Humor and Chinese mental well-being -- chapter 7 Humor and Chinese creativity -- chapter 8 Workplace humor in Chinese society
Summary "This book addresses psychological studies of humour in Chinese societies. It starts by reviewing how the concept of humour evolves in Chinese history, and how it is perceived by Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism respectively. It then compares differences in the Western and the Chinese perceptions of humor and discusses empirical studies that were conducted to examine such differences. It also discusses the cultural origin and empirical evidence of the Chinese ambivalence about humor and presents empirical findings that illustrate its existence. Having done these, it proceeds to discuss psychological studies that examine how humour is related to various demographic, dispositional variables as well as how humour is related to creativity in Chinese societies. It also discusses how humour is related to emotional expressions and mental health in Chinese society as well. It concludes with a discussion on how workplace humor is reflected and developed in Chinese contexts. Taken together, this book attempts to bring together the theoretical propositions, empirical studies, and cultural analyses of humor in Chinese societies."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Chinese wit and humor -- History and criticism
Chinese wit and humor -- Psychological aspects
Joking -- China
HUMOR -- Topic -- Religion.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Social Psychology.
Chinese wit and humor.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
China -- History -- Humor
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 131541242X