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Some Good Clean Fun : Humour, Control and Subversion in an Advertising Agency

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Show simple item record Kenny, K., Euchler, G. 2012-04-26T17:16:05Z 2012-04-26T17:16:05Z 2012-05
dc.identifier.citation Kenny, K., Euchler, G. (2012) ''Some good clean fun : humour, control and subversion in an advertising agency'. Gender, Work And Organization, 19 (3) 306-323 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1468-0432
dc.description.abstract This article explores the relation between humour and control, drawing on participant observation in an organization in which humour was central to daily life. Keys is a leading advertising agency whose staff spent an unusually large amount of time sending humorous e-mails. Examining these e-mails in some depth, we unpack the role of humour in subverting various forms of control, including gender norms and managerial authority. We find the relation between humour, control and subversion to be ambiguous. Building upon current debates in organization studies, we develop the concept of humour based on our observations at Keys. Specifically, we argue that humour is always in excess of both control and subversion, a 'nicely impossible' object that cannot be captured. This article thus contributes to theoretical approaches on organizational humour, conceptualizing the concept of 'newness' through Judith Butler's re-reading of Derridean différance and the Lacanian Real. In addition, we contribute a novel empirical account of the study of e-mail list humour in a contemporary advertising firm. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Humour en_US
dc.subject Organization en_US
dc.subject E-mail en_US
dc.subject Butler en_US
dc.subject Control en_US
dc.title Some Good Clean Fun : Humour, Control and Subversion in an Advertising Agency en_US
dc.type Article en_US 2012-04-26T13:35:57Z
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dc.internal.rssid 1137834 Kate Kenny, School Of Political Science, & Sociology, Room 220, Aras Moyola, Nui Galway. 5401 Email:
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