Interpersonal Relations or Jokes of Social Structure? Laughter in Social Work

@inproceedings{MikMeyer2007InterpersonalRO,
  title={Interpersonal Relations or Jokes of Social Structure? Laughter in Social Work},
  author={Nanna Mik-Meyer},
  year={2007}
}
The article is based on qualitative fieldwork in Danish rehabilitation centres. It uses an interactionist perspective in focusing on the role of humour and laughter in social work. As the article's analysis shows, laughter divides staff members (who laugh) from clients (who don't laugh). This finding can be related to the many inherent contradictions and paradoxes that define social work and which occasion laughter. The role of humour and laughter in the interaction between staff members and… CONTINUE READING