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Rituals of fun and mischief: The case of the Swedish meatpackers
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Working Life Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5473-7417
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Working Life Science.
2009 (English)In: Employee relations, ISSN 0142-5455, E-ISSN 1758-7069, Vol. 31, no 6, 632-647 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract

Purpose This article analyses rituals of humour and joking practices among two groups of meatpacking workers, to better understand the organic dynamics of workplace fun.

Design/methodology/approach This is an ethnographic study of two groups of meatpacking workers within a Swedish food preparation company. Data were collected using multiple methods including observations, field notes, and individual and group interviews.

Findings This study uncovers ample evidence of joking practices among the workers studied. These are presented on a continuum of pure to applied humour in five types: jokes, physical joking practices, clowning, nicknaming and satire.

Originality/value This article gives a rich description and analysis of organic workplace humour in a contemporary food production setting and offers a typology of joking practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 31, no 6, 632-647 p.
Keyword [en]
workplace humour workplace fun counter culture group solidarity ethnography food production
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Work Sciences
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Working Life Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11281OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11281DiVA: diva2:494855
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2015-01-29Bibliographically approved

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