Using humor to do masculinity at work
Schnurr, Stephanie and Holmes, J. (2009) Using humor to do masculinity at work. In: Humor in Interaction. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series (No.182). John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 101-124. ISBN 9789027254276Full text not available from this repository.
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Workplaces constitute sites where individuals "do gender" while at the same time constructing their professional identities and meeting their organisation's expectations. In most workplaces, a rather narrow range of masculine styles of interaction are considered normative. Discursive strategies associated with stereotypically masculine speech styles, as well as behaviours associated with the enactment of hegemonic masculinity are generally viewed as paradigmatic ways of interacting at work. Drawing on data recorded in a range of New Zealand professional organizations, this chapter investigates a range of ways in which normative masculinity is manifested in participants' discourse, and how notions of masculinity are explored and exploited in workplace interactions. The investigation focuses on one particularly versatile discursive strategy frequently employed in talk at work, namely humor.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Series Name:||Pragmatics & Beyond New Series|
|Publisher:||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|Place of Publication:||Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|Book Title:||Humor in Interaction|
|Editor:||Norrick, Neal R. and Chiaro, Delia|
|Date:||3 July 2009|
|Number of Pages:||238|
|Page Range:||pp. 101-124|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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