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The Uses and Abuses of Humour in Social Work

By Stephen Jordan Copyright 2019
    106 Pages
    by Routledge

    106 Pages
    by Routledge

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    In recent years, social work academics and practitioners have highlighted the need to "re-claim" methodologies which unpack creativity and resourcefulness. In the bleakest of times many turn to humour to survive. Making a unique contribution to social work thought, this is the first book to focus exclusively on humour use in relation to social work.

    Over eight chapters Jordan covers a range of examples of social work humour, using examples from practice, fiction and research. He concludes that social work has a complex relationship with humour and that humour has an important role in social work as it enables social workers to hold contradictory views. It also allows society to manage its ambivalent and contradictory view of social work.

    Aimed at academics, students and social work professionals, this book explores social work’s sometimes uneasy relationship with humour. It will be of interest to anyone with an academic interest in humour.

    Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Introduction: spectators of our own lives; Chapter 2: Definitions and context "self defence against the slings and arrows of an unfriendly world"; Chapter 3: Humour and the work place: the bonds of stress; Chapter 4: The media: "equal opportunity approaches offensiveness"; Chapter 5: "Deep down": humour, health and relationship based practice; Chapter 6: "The most PC people around": social work, humour and political correctness; Chapter 7: Rottweilers and subversives: anti-social humour; Conclusion: Choosing between our comic or tragic potentials; Index


    Stephen Jordan worked as a social worker for 19 years and now works for the University of Essex where he lectures in social work.