(In/exclusion) Humor and diversity in Finnish public radio: ‘If all immigrants were as funny as you guys, nobody would have any problems’

Mikko Malmberg, Isabel Awad

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Similar to the rest of Europe, multicultural programming in Finland has become risky for public broadcasting. Programs aimed at encouraging social inclusion may not attract sufficiently large audiences and may be attacked by ever louder anti-immigration voices. This article focuses on what seems to be an exception in this respect: Ali and Husu. Hosted by immigrants from Iran and Somalia ? a stand-up comedian and a politician ? this popular talk show aired on Finnish public radio between 2013 and 2016. Through interviews with the producers and the analysis of a selection of episodes, we examine Ali and Husu?s daring and unapologetic ethnic/racial humor as well as its combination of funny and serious talk. Our findings underscore specific ways in which multicultural programming can use humor strategically to engage relatively large and diverse audiences in discussions meant to humanize immigrants and challenge social prejudices, while minimizing right-wing criticism and unintended readings.
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LehtiEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Vuosikerta22
Numero2
Sivut213-230
Sivumäärä18
ISSN1367-5494
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TilaJulkaistu - huhtikuuta 2019
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  • 5141 Sosiologia
  • 518 Media- ja viestintätieteet

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(In/exclusion) Humor and diversity in Finnish public radio: ‘If all immigrants were as funny as you guys, nobody would have any problems’. / Malmberg, Mikko; Awad, Isabel.

julkaisussa: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vuosikerta 22, Nro 2, 04.2019, s. 213-230.

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