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The Complexity of Workplace Humour

Laughter, Jokers and the Dark Side of Humour

Authors: Plester, Barbara

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  • Draws upon actual empirical workplace examples and experiences of humor and fun Analyzes modern organizational humor through a variety of theoretical lenses from disciplines including: management, sociology, psychology, linguistics and anthropology
  • One of the few books that deeply analyzes the dark side of humor and fun and the potentially tragic repercussions of humor that ‘goes wrong’
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This book discusses boundaries for organizational humour as well as the jokers and jesters that enliven modern workplaces. It has long been accepted that humour and tragedy can occupy the same space and that is eloquently demonstrated in this book. Using ethnographic research techniques, a selection of stories, ruminations, cartoons, and narratives of events is combined with theoretical conceptions of humour and fun to create a comprehensive analysis of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in organizational humour.

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“The Complexity of Workplace Humour provides a 'cache of stories and legends' that contributes to the internal tone and the externally perceived ethos of a work establishment. … From a wealth of personal observation of humor in work situations, Plester has written a reflective, rich and sophisticated tapestry of theory, supported with some data.” (Maren Rawlings, Humor, Vol. 31 (03), August, 2018)


“The Complexity of Workplace Humour: Laughter, Jokers and the Dark Side of Humour represents a culmination of 12 years of ethnographic research on humor in the workplace. … This book will likely interest scholars involved in researching the development, policing, and promotion of humor in organized environments … . In sum, Plester’s work provides thoughtful reflection on humor in organizations.” (Richard D. Harvey and Heather Walker, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (20), May, 2016)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-24669-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-24667-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35630-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Complexity of Workplace Humour
Book Subtitle
Laughter, Jokers and the Dark Side of Humour
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-24669-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-24669-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-24667-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35630-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 164
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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