Diversity and Satire: Laughing at Processes of Marginalization

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Engaging in diversity and promoting inclusion means working to remove institutional inequities and actively assist those who have suffered from these inequities. In our changing media and cultural environment, satire has emerged as an increasingly popular approach for promoting diversity and inclusion. Effective satire highlights the absurdity of marginalization processes, but misinterpretation can potentially reinforce historical power dynamics and perpetuate marginalization.

Diversity and Satire examines how satire in both traditional media and new spaces reinforces or disrupts issues of marginalization in the United States. Critically analyzing many different forms of satire, this innovative textbook helps students understand what makes effective satire, describe the value of satirical content to others, and recognize how satirical artifacts advance or hinder efforts to diversify institutions. Beginning with an introduction to satire and how it can drive conversations about diversity, the text addresses how satire can be used to address historical discriminatory practices. Each chapter features satirical artifacts that contextualize the material as well as practical advice and tips to consider when engaging with satirical content and distinguishing satire.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages224
StatePublished - Nov 1 2022


  • satire
  • comedy
  • humor
  • marginalization
  • diversity
  • inclusion
  • media
  • movies
  • television
  • social media
  • race
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • socioeconomic class


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