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Professor Christie Davies




Tel. (44) (0)118 9863775
Email j.c.h.davies@reading.ac.uk

Christie Davies M.A. PhD (Cantab) was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he was a senior scholar of the college and Wrenbury scholar in political economy. He obtained first class honours in both parts of the Economics Tripos, was president of the Union, acted in the annual Footlights Review and was a member of a British debating team that toured the United States. On leaving Cambridge he was a radio producer on the BBC Third Programme before becoming a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds and later moving to Reading where he was in turn Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Personal Professor , established Professor and Professor

Professor Davies is the co-author of Wrongful Imprisonment (1973), author of Permissive Britain (1975), co-editor of Censorship and Obscenity (1978), author of Ethnic Humor Around the World: a Comparative Analysis (1990 and 1997) and of Jokes and their Relation to Society (1998) and co-author of The Corporation under Siege (1998) and author of The Mirth of Nations (2002). Christie Davies's academic articles have been published in the leading journals. He has also been a regular contributor to national and international newspapers.

His main research and teaching interests continue to be in the comparative and historical study of morality and of humour. His third book on the sociology of humour The Mirth of Nations is published by Transaction Publishers of New Brunswick, N.J. ( at Rutgers University) who will also be publishing his next book The Strange Death of Moral Britain about social change


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