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Comedy Clubs that Platform Marginalised Identities: Prefigurative Politics in Sophie Duker’s Wacky Racists

Quirk, Sophie (2022) Comedy Clubs that Platform Marginalised Identities: Prefigurative Politics in Sophie Duker’s Wacky Racists. European Journal of Cultural Studies, . ISSN 1367-5494. (doi:10.1177/13675494211037024) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:89478)

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Wacky Racists (2019b) is emphatically ‘not a night for actually wacky, actual racists.’ It is one of a number of clubs which provide a platform for identities and perspectives that are marginalised on the British comedy circuit. This article demonstrates that such ‘platforming clubs’ can be considered as prefigurative spaces, drawing upon Raekstad and Gradin’s model of prefigurative politics. Using Wacky Racists as a case study, it is argued that these clubs pose a necessary challenge to dominant industry practices by building an alternative to them. Their impact exists in their capacity to expose a range of harmful and inequitable practices, to demonstrate that these are unnecessary, and to provide the living and viable alternatives that, as Raekstad and Gradin argue, are a precondition of change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/13675494211037024
Uncontrolled keywords: Prefigurative Politics Stand-up Comedy Comedy club Equality and inclusivity Sophie Duker
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
N Visual Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Sophie Quirk
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 16:22 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2022 09:26 UTC
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