Essay about Humor in Workplace

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Final Project Proposal

This paper aims to explore how humor, a site of construction of gender identity and power relation, is employed by both males and females to negotiate their power relations and either subvert or confirm their gender roles. I believe this topic is of particular interest because though a number of studies have been conducted to examine the relation between gender practice and occupational practice, and ways of constructing gender roles via humor. Concentration is rarely deployed on humor use by males and females at workplace. This review is important because there is a growing number of female practitioners participating in different sectors and industries. They are frequently confronted with paradoxical
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Decker, Wayne H. & Rotondo Denise M. (2001). Relationship among gender, type of humor, and perceived leader effectiveness. Journal of Managerial Issues, 13 (4), 450-460.

The authors of this paper did an empirical studies to examine the differences between males and females’ perception of humor employed by male and female leaders and its effect on their leadership. They found out female leaders were more likely to be perceived negatively when using humor then male leaders. However, when using positive humor, the type of humor contributive to the construction of solidarity, female leadership is rated higher than male leadership.

Holmes, J. Burns, L. Marra, M. Stubbe, M. & Vine, Bernadatte. (2003). Women managing discourse in the workplace. Women in Management Review, 18 (8), 414-424.

The authors try to refute the stereotypes of lacking sense of humor and adeptness in handling workplace interaction imposed on females on leadership positions. Both qualitative and quantitative evidence is provided to substantiate female leaders’ ability of using humor in both single-gender group and mixed-gender group to effect their leadership.

Holmes, J. (2004). Relational practice in the workplace: Women’s talk or gendered discourse?. Language in Society, 33,

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