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.

chapter 1|9 pages


‘Spectators of our own lives’

chapter 3|16 pages

Humour and the workplace

The bonds of stress

chapter 4|15 pages

The media

‘Equal opportunity approaches to offensiveness’

chapter 5|12 pages

‘Deep down’

Humour, health and relationship-based practice

chapter 6|8 pages

‘The most PC people around’

Social work, humour and political correctness

chapter 7|11 pages

Rottweilers and subversives

Problematic and anti-social humour

chapter 8|6 pages


Choosing between our comic or tragic potentials