What is so funny about platform labour in Brazil? Ride-hailing drivers’ use of humour and memes on Facebook groups

Fernanda Pires , Tugce Ataci, Willian F. Araujo

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In this article, we focused on data drawn from two Brazilian Facebook groups that discuss on-demand driving (Uber and 99Pop). We focus particularly on the use of humour in the stories that on-demand drivers (ride-hailing) share, as it was identified that humour is widely used within these groups. This article has three objectives: (1) to detect the types of stories shared by on-demand drivers in the Facebook groups; (2) to determine the relationships these stories have with the work of on-demand driving; and (3) to understand the dimensions of professional identity and negotiation of platform labour conditions. Therefore, three dimensions of the stories shared by on-demand drivers were identified: the relationships they establish with their clients, their relationships with the platforms (the affordances and limitations the platforms provide and represent), and the everyday work relationships among the drivers developed by establishing Facebook as a digital workspace. These dimensions lead to the formation and negotiation of their professional identity and reveal how they deal with precarity through humour.
Idioma originalEnglish
Nombre de pàgines21
RevistaConvergence : the journal of research into new media technologies
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Estat de la publicacióPublicació electrònica prèvia a impressió - 28 de febr. 2023

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