By Barbara Plester

This e-book discusses limitations for organizational humour in addition to the jokers and jesters that liven up glossy offices. It has lengthy been accredited that humour and tragedy can occupy an analogous area and that's eloquently tested during this booklet. utilizing ethnographic learn strategies, a variety of reports, ruminations, cartoons, and narratives of occasions is mixed with theoretical conceptions of humour and enjoyable to create a accomplished research of the nice, the undesirable, and the downright gruesome in organizational humour.

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I also discuss different forms of humour and indicate which are more prevalent and why, within the different studied organizations. In Chap. 4 I explore the different roles that people adopt in humorous enactments and what meaning these roles have in regards to organizational rituals and practices. The dichotomous roles of the organizational joker who creates and instigates workplace humour is offset by that of the gatekeeper, responsible for constraining humour, maintaining humour boundaries, and protecting workplace decorum and organizational reputation.

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