Overview

Humour, Work and Organization explores the critical, subversive and ambivalent character of humour and comedy as it relates to organizations and organized work. It examines the various individual, organizational, social and cultural means through which humour is representated, deployed, developed, used and understood. The book considers the relationship between humour and organization in a nuanced and radical way and takes the view that humour and comedy are pervasive and highly meaningful aspects of human ...
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Overview

Humour, Work and Organization explores the critical, subversive and ambivalent character of humour and comedy as it relates to organizations and organized work. It examines the various individual, organizational, social and cultural means through which humour is representated, deployed, developed, used and understood. The book considers the relationship between humour and organization in a nuanced and radical way and 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: 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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'From Heidegger to HucBuc, Bakhtin to Ronald McDonald, ready yourself for a hysterical ride when you open Westwood and Rhodes’ fascinating and refreshingly original collection. Anyone interested in the radical possibilities of a comic organizational frame should buy this book. I’m just off to purchase my ‘work sucks’ T-shirt.' - Peter Case, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

'Humour in the workplace has always fascinated researchers. Now Westwood and Rhodes have assembled a collection of chapters that finally does justice to our current understanding of organizational humour. If you think humour in the workplace is a serious business then this is the book for you.' - Graham Sewell, Imperial College London, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136010941
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents


Notes on contributors     vii
Humour and the study of organizations   Robert Westwood   Carl Rhodes     1
Theorizing humour, organization and work     15
Humour as practically enacted theory, or, why critics should tell more jokes   Simon Critchley     17
Humour and violation   Heather Hopfl     33
Theory as joke: a hysterical perturbation   Robert Westwood     45
Humour in organizations     75
The Little Book of Management Bollocks and the culture of organization   Martin Parker     77
'Don't get me wrong, it's fun here, but...: ambivalence and paradox in a 'fun' work environment   Sam Warren   Stephen Fineman     92
Representing the unrepresentable: gender, humour and organization   Allanah Johnston   Dennis Mumby   Robert Westwood     113
Humour in workplace meetings: challenging hierarchies   Meredith Marra     139
Humour of organizations     159
Representing the d'other: the grotesque body and masculinity at work in The Simpsons   Carl Rhodes   Alison Pullen     161
Heidegger's unfunny and the academic text: organization analysis on the blink   Damian P. O'Doherty     180
Thecomedy of ethics: the New York four, the duty of care and organizational bystanding   Stephen Linstead     204
The organization of humour     233
Advertising: the organizational production of humour   Donncha Kavanagh   Don O'Sullivan     235
Grotesque humor regeneration of McDonaldization and McDonaldland   David M. Boje   Yue Cai-Hillon   Grace-Ann Rosile   Esther R. Thomas     249
The staging of humour: organizing and managing comedy   Robert Westwood     271
Index     299
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