Humour, Work and Organization

Humour, Work and Organization

by Robert Westwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415384125

ISBN-13: 9780415384124

Pub. Date: 02/23/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Accessible and amusing in style, Humour, Work and Organization explores the critical, subversive and ambivalent character of humour, work and comedy as it relates to organizations and organized work. It examines the various individual, organizational, social and cultural means through which humour is represented, deployed, developed, used and understood.

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Overview

Accessible and amusing in style, Humour, Work and Organization explores the critical, subversive and ambivalent character of humour, work and comedy as it relates to organizations and organized work. It examines the various individual, organizational, social and cultural means through which humour is represented, deployed, developed, used and understood.

Considering the relationship between humour and organization in a nuanced and radical way and this book takes the view that humour and comedy are pervasive and highly meaningful aspects of human experience.

The richness and complexity of this relationship is examined across three related domains. They are:

  • how humour is constructed, enacted and responded to in organizational settings
  • how organizations and work are represented comedically in various types of popular culture media
  • how humour is used in organizations where there is a more explicit relationship between the comedic and work.

An exciting and controversial text, Humour, Work and Organization will appeal to students of all levels as well as anyone interested the full complexities of human interactions in the workplace.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415384124
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/23/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Part A: Theorizing Humour, Organization and Work 1. Introduction: Humour and the Study of Organizations 2. Humour as Practically Enacted Theory, or, Why Critics Should Tell More Jokes 3. Humour and Parody: The Power of Inversion Part B: Humour in Organizations 4. What Does Fun ‘Make’ Of Us? 5. The Little Book of Management Bollocks: Kitsch Artefacts 6. Organizing Humour: A Feminist Perspective 7. Humour in Workplace Meetings: Challenging Hierarchies Part C: Humour about Organization 8. Humour as Critique in Popular Television: Work and Organizations in The Simpsons 9. Another Average Day in The Office: Humour and the Brentist Striation of Modern Work Spaces 10. How Sick Are These People? Organizational Bystanding, Seinfeld’s New York Four and the Duty of Care Part D: The Organization of Humour 11. The Comedy Club: The Staging of Humour 12. Grotesque Humour Regeneration of McDonaldization and McDonaldland 13. Budweiser’s Lizards and The Organizational Production of Humour Part E. Coda 14. Theory as Joke

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