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Humour and Happiness in an NPM World : Do They Speak in Jest?

Hellström, Caroline LU and Lapsley, Irvine LU (2016) In Critical Perspectives on Accounting 37. p.51-64
Abstract (Swedish)
This study examines perceptions of humour and happiness in a world where NPM ideas have a profound influence on many aspects of everyday living. The researchers interviewed comedians and their circle of co-workers at comedy festivals. Comedians seek to make us laugh, but this paper examines whether they have a serious message, too. This research reveals comedians as critical thinkers, as edge-workers who challenge convention with a particularly powerful critique of the primacy accorded to managerialism in public services and in contemporary society.
Abstract
This study examines perceptions of humour and happiness in a world where NPM ideas have a profound influence on many aspects of everyday living. The researchers interviewed comedians and their circle of co-workers at comedy festivals. Comedians seek to make us laugh, but this paper examines whether they have a serious message, too. This research reveals comedians as critical thinkers, as edge-workers who challenge convention with a particularly powerful critique of the primacy accorded to managerialism in public services and in contemporary society.
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comedy, NPM, humour, happiness, edgework
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Critical Perspectives on Accounting
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37
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14 pages
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Elsevier
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  • scopus:84951031832
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1045-2354
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10.1016/j.cpa.2015.04.010
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English
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  title        = {Humour and Happiness in an NPM World : Do They Speak in Jest?},
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