Journal of Politeness Research
Language, Behaviour, Culture
Ed. by Grainger, Karen
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Politeness, Humor and Gender in the Workplace: Negotiating Norms and Identifying Contestation
After first considering some of the challenges of defining and measuring the concept of politeness, the analysis draws on data from the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project to illustrate the value of complementary quantitative and qualitative approaches to the issue of what it means to be polite at work. Using the concept of relational practice, an analysis of workplace humor serves to illustrate what each approach offers in terms of distinguishing different communities of practice, as well as providing a means of exploring the issue of politeness as a gendered concept. Instances of how two women leaders use humor in their very different communities of practice exemplify the diversity of ways of responding to gendered interactional workplace norms.
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