Book review: Sombatpoonsiri, Janjira. 2015. Humour and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. xvi + 264pp. Hardcover ISBN: 9780815634072.

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Canakis, C. (2017). Book review: Sombatpoonsiri, Janjira. 2015. Humour and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. xvi + 264pp. Hardcover ISBN: 9780815634072. The European Journal of Humour Research, 5(1), 95–98. Retrieved from


This is the kind of title scholars working on Serbia (and, indeed, ex-Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe, more generally) would be prone to consider a rare treat. However, as I will try to show there is little there that is of interest to anyone engaged in humour research beyond a thorough description of activities that were meant to elicit humorous reactions. Therefore, it may be useful to the ones among us who have often wondered how their work is different from the work of those who plan disruptive actions, such as Otpor members in Serbia in the late 1990s, which is the focus of this book.


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