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Doing non-seriousness: accomplishing social work identity through humour and laughter

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Doing non-seriousness : accomplishing social work identity through humour and laughter. / Morriss, Lisa.

In: Qualitative Social Work, Vol. 14, No. 3, 26.05.2015, p. 307-320.

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Morriss, Lisa. / Doing non-seriousness : accomplishing social work identity through humour and laughter. In: Qualitative Social Work. 2015 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 307-320.

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