Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Take it Like a Man: Hegemonic Masculinity

            This paper focuses on the “effects of humour studied within one organization where physical, misogynistic and homophobic humour is highly emphasized and encouraged.”  The author, Barbara Plaster, uses the concept of hegemonic masculinity to argue that men use workplace humor is used to form a “hyper-masculine” identity within this organization. The definition of humor an interesting area from the paper as well, because it is not often something we need to define.  Plaster notes the various manifestations that humor can take, “a stimulus that causes laughter; a response to a stimulus; or a disposition towards viewing things in a humorous light.” 
            Through observation, Plaster got the following results:

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