Chapter 1: The Set-Up.- Chapter 2: Theorising Humor.- Chapter 3: Execution of a Joke: Types and Functions of Humor.- Chapter 4: Send in the Clowns.- Chapter 5: Boundaries.- Chapter 6: The Punch Line: Transgression and the Dark Side.- Chapter 7: Getting the Joke: Applause and Laughter.
"The Complexity of Workplace Humour: Laughter, Jokers and the Dark Side of Humour represents a culmination of 12 years of ethnographic research on humor in the workplace. ... This book will likely interest scholars involved in researching the development, policing, and promotion of humor in organized environments ... . In sum, Plester's work provides thoughtful reflection on humor in organizations." (Richard D. Harvey and Heather Walker, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (20), May, 2016)