Humour, Work and Organization by Robert WestwoodHumour, Work and Organization by Robert Westwood

Humour, Work and Organization

byRobert WestwoodEditorCarl Rhodes

Paperback | January 5, 2007

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Accessible and amusing in style,Humour, Work and Organizationexplores 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 Organizationwill appeal to students of all levels as well as anyone interested the full complexities of human interactions in the workplace.

Title:Humour, Work and OrganizationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:January 5, 2007Publisher:RoutledgeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415384133

ISBN - 13:9780415384131


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 âMakeâ 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