The Resource "If you don't laugh you'll cry" : the occupational humor of white American prison workers and social workers, by Claire Schmidt

"If you don't laugh you'll cry" : the occupational humor of white American prison workers and social workers, by Claire Schmidt

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"If you don't laugh you'll cry" : the occupational humor of white American prison workers and social workers
Title
"If you don't laugh you'll cry"
Title remainder
the occupational humor of white American prison workers and social workers
Statement of responsibility
by Claire Schmidt
Title variation
"If you don't laugh you will cry"
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Contributor
Author
Thesis advisor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Through original fieldwork, this dissertation compares narrative occupational humor of white American social workers to that of white American prison workers, concluding that both occupational groups use humor, both performed and oral, to negotiate conflict between work and home, to initiate new employees, to reinforce and police boundaries and occupational identity, to mediate aggressive impulses, and to express individual and group aesthetics that exist alongside institutional control. Humor is ubiquitous yet frequently dismissed as trivial, and easily misunderstood by outsiders. A more nuanced understanding of occupational humor of prison workers and social workers illuminates the role of aesthetics, taboo, communication and narrative in 21st century American labor. Using reciprocal and insider ethnographic methodology, this project argues that mainstream, middle class occupations have as much folklore worthy of study as the exotic, disenfranchized "others" historically romanticized by folklorists, anthropologists and other ethnographers. This project recontextualizes the role of art in labor by focusing on stigmatized middle-class professions, and denies "easy" understandings of prison workers and social workers. By making whiteness a visible and acknowledged ethnic category the study contributes to critical scholarship on race, humor, and work, while remaining firmly grounded in original insider ethnography
Cataloging source
MUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schmidt, Claire
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation note
Thesis
Dissertation year
2013.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • theses
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Lawless, Elaine J.
  • Prahlad, Anand
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Prisons
  • Social workers
  • Humor in the workplace
Label
"If you don't laugh you'll cry" : the occupational humor of white American prison workers and social workers, by Claire Schmidt
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A Dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School University of Missouri In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy."
  • Dissertation Supervisors: Dr. Elaine Lawless and Dr. Anand Prahlad
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-336)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
871336824
Extent
1 online resource (v, 342 pages).
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)871336824
Label
"If you don't laugh you'll cry" : the occupational humor of white American prison workers and social workers, by Claire Schmidt
Publication
Note
  • "A Dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School University of Missouri In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy."
  • Dissertation Supervisors: Dr. Elaine Lawless and Dr. Anand Prahlad
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-336)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
871336824
Extent
1 online resource (v, 342 pages).
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)871336824

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