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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Perspective by incongruity in the performance of dialectical ironic analysis: a disciplined approach (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Author(s): Watson, Cate
Keywords: Comic frame
functional stupidity
interpassivity
methodology of humour
planned incongruity
sociological imagination
trained incapacity
Issue Date: 19-Feb-2019
Citation: Watson C (2019) Perspective by incongruity in the performance of dialectical ironic analysis: a disciplined approach (Forthcoming/Available Online). Qualitative Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794119830073
Abstract: The importance of dialectic to sociological thought has been recognised by many of the discipline’s most eminent thinkers. Adopting a dialectical world view infused with irony provokes insights revealing logical contradictions, so opening up possibilities for the development of alternative interpretations of the social world. There is, however, very little in the way of method to support the development of dialectical irony as a key analytical tool for the social sciences. This paper seeks to remedy this deficit. Drawing on three key examples (trained incapacity, functional stupidity and interpassivity) the paper examines Kenneth Burke’s ‘perspective by incongruity’ as a means for interrogating the dialectical moment, so contributing towards the development of dialectical ironic analysis within a methodology of humour.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1468794119830073
Rights: Watson, C, Perspective by incongruity in the performance of dialectical ironic analysis: a disciplined approach, Qualitative Research (Forthcoming). Copyright © The Author 2019. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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