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ERIC Number: EJ875256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Don't Tease Me, I'm Working: Examining Humor in a Midwestern Organization Using Ethnography of Communication
Ojha, Ajay K.; Holmes, Tammy L.
Qualitative Report, v15 n2 p279-300 Mar 2010
Within organizations, the communicative phenomenon of humor is commonplace. Humorous talk is just as important and frequent to regular discourse that takes place between organizational members. In this inquiry we examine humor as a particular way of communicating between members of a small Midwestern United States organization. Specifically, we examine how three functions of humor (i.e., joking, sarcasm, and teasing) are used amongst members during normal business hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Using ethnography of communication, we conduct both fieldwork and interviews discovering that this organization exemplifies humor as a socially constructed phenomenon to complete the typical workday.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States