The dimension of "Otherization" in Temel jokes

Aksoy Sheridan R. A.

MILLI FOLKLOR, vol.10, no.75, pp.95-103, 2007 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 75
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.95-103
  • Keywords: Temel jokes, otherization, stereotyping, ethnic jokes, image
  • TED University Affiliated: No


In this article, several examples of Temel jokes, chosen from various written compilations with the aim of representing as many as possible different characteristics of this type of jokes, will be considered in an attempt to determine whether it is possible to discuss "stereotyping", "otherization" or its resultant image of the "other", and a certain shared social code concerning the peoples of the Black Sea region of Turkey, particularly the Laz. These issues will be considered in relation to the type of joke centering on Temel, who is transformed into an object of laughter by way of emphasis on different language usage and stupidity, as can be seen in most of the jokes referenced in this study, as well as in those not referenced.