Psychology, Performance, and Social Context of Laughter in Azerbaijan Folklore

Safa Garayev


Social context often drives the performance of laughter in cultural situations. As a metaphor, laughter provides not only an exchange of integrative information among the community members, but also the enactment of aggressive relations in the society. These characteristics may be seen clearly while observing metaphors related to the performance of laughter in the Azerbaijani socio-cultural environment. In the study of humor, content is usually analyzed but the performance of behavioral cues such as laughter is neglected, although it can shed light on the meaning of the communication. To understand folk behaviors and texts related to the laughter, I argue that special attention needs to be given to behaviors as well as texts communicated in a social situation. This study reveals that the jokes causing laughter are accepted and perceived by the male and female audiences differently. Women's laughter receives disapproval in the Azerbaijan cultural context regarding sexuality. Men take such laughter to be a threat to their manliness.

Anahtar Kelimeler

Jokes, Performance of Laughter, Humor, Laughter in Cultural Situations, Psychology of Laughter

Tam Metin:

PDF (English)


Azarlu, A. (1994). Four books from Tabriz. Baku: Azerneshr Press.

Bronner, S. J. (2005). Menfolk. In S. J. Bronner (ed.), Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities, (pp. 1-61). Indiana University Press.

Campbell, B. G. (2019). Africa Starts at the Pyrenees: Humor, Laughter, and Financial Recession in a Spanish Enclave in Morocco. Anthropological Quarterly, 92(1), 143-172.

Dundes, A. (2005). Afterword: Many Manly Traditions. In S. J. Bronner (ed.), A Folkloristic Maelstrom. In Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities, (pp. 351-365). Indiana University Press.

Dundes, A., & Hauschild, T. (1983). Auschwitz Jokes. Western Folklore, 42(4), 249-260.

Eyüpoğlu, O., & Gökalp, Y. (2018). Examination of Daily Life from Religious Point of View. Journal of History Culture and Art Research, 7(5), 606-623.

Fine, G. A. (1979). Small Group and Culture Creation: The Idioculture of League Baseball Teams. American Sociological Review, 44, 733-745.

Garadarali, A. (2013). Is there any man? Baku.

Gasimova, S. (2017). Tovuz Folklore Samples. Book 1. Baku: Elm and Tahsil Press.

Kazımoglu, M. (2005). Archaic Roots of Laughter. Baku.

Leveen, L. (1996). Only When I Laugh: Textual Dynamics of Ethnic Humor. Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), 21(4), 29-55.

Oring, E. (2016). Joking Asides: The Theory, Analysis, and Aesthetics of Humor. Logan: Utah State University Press.

Oring, E., & Jones, S. S. (1987). On the Meanings of Mother Goose. Western folklore, 6(2), 106-114.

Prange, A. J., & Vitols, M. M. (1990). Jokes Among Southern Negroes: The Revelation of Conflict. In A. Dundes (Ed.), the Mother of the Laughing Barrel: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore, (pp. 628-636). University Press of Mississippi.

Rustamzadeh, I. (2006). Anthology of Azerbaijan folklore. Book 16. Baku: Seda Press.

Rustamzadeh, I. (2012). Karabakh: Folklore is a history too. Book 2. Baku: Elm and Tahsil Press.

Rustamzadeh, I., & Farhadov Z. (2012). Karabakh: Folklore is a history too. Book 1. Baku: Elm and Tahsil Press.

Seyidov, N. (2005) Azerbaijani Fairy Tales. Book 5. Baku: Sherq-Gerb Press.

Stanley, B. (1992). Metaphors of Masculinity: Sex and Status in Andalusian Folklore. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Takovski, A. (2019). Representing Sexuality Through Folklore: Erotic Folktales and Online Jokes as 'Mirrors' of Gender Hierarchies. Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore, 75(2), 149-172.

Tiger, L. (1984). Men in Group. New York: Marion Boyars Publishers.

Vilayeti, A. A. (1998). Iran's Foreign Relations History During the Shah Ismail Safavi Period. Baku: Elhuda Press.

Yusifli, J. (2014). The Poetics of the Azerbaijani Comedy. Baku: YYSQ Press.

Yusifzade, Kh. (2010). Years and Traces of Life. Baku: Oskar Press.



  • Şu halde refbacks yoktur.

Telif Hakkı (c) 2020 Journal of History Culture and Art Research

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.