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Kitchen Antics: The Importance of Humor and Maintaining Professionalism at Work

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Abstract:

The role of humor in workplace organizing is examined through a year-long ethnography of a hotel kitchen. An institutional and communicative frame reveals how the chefs use everyday humor to make sense of and shape their labor processes and to maintain their professional autonomy and identity and to resist managerial control of their craft.

Keywords: Control; Organizational Sensemaking; Professional Identity; Resistance; Workplace Humor

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00909880903233143

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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