The roles of humour and laughter in youth focus groups on school food

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Janhonen , K 2017 , ' The roles of humour and laughter in youth focus groups on school food ' , Journal of youth studies , vol. 20 , no. 9 , pp. 1127-1142 .

Title: The roles of humour and laughter in youth focus groups on school food
Author: Janhonen, Kristiina
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Journal of youth studies
ISSN: 1367-6261
Abstract: The article examines young people's group interaction and the roles of humor and laughter in relation to school food and school lunch situations. The analysed focus group discussion data is drawn from a broader case study (2012-2013) with 9th grade students (15-16 years old; 62 pupils; 25 boys and 37 girls; 14 groups; 4-6 pupils per group) in a Finnish secondary school. The analysis is based on existing interpretations and classifications of humor in literature, which is complemented by notions drawn from the study's data set. It is argued that an analysis of humor and laughter can provide valuable notions of how collective attitudes towards school food are constructed, enforced and distributed among students, while also providing insight regarding what kinds of issues around school lunch practices are considered important and worthwhile in the context of students' informal peer cultures. The results illustrate how humor and laughter functioned for the students as a space for (1) Constructing us' versus them'; (2) Negotiating social order; and (3) Engaging in fun and safe interaction. Results are discussed in the light of how humor and laughter uphold or divide social groups, as well mediate shifts between formal conventions and students' informal worlds.
Subject: Humour
school food
school lunch situations
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: openAccess
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