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Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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Accounting and popular culture: framing a research agenda


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Title:Accounting and popular culture: framing a research agenda
Author(s):Ingrid Jeacle, (University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, UK)
Citation:Ingrid Jeacle, (2012) "Accounting and popular culture: framing a research agenda", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 25 Iss: 4, pp.580 - 601
Keywords:Accounting, Accounting and popular culture, Audit society, Calculative practices, Everyday life, Governmentality, Popular culture
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/09513571211225051 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The author would like to thank the Editors of AAAJ, James Guthrie and Lee Parker, for their support and encouragement of this special issue. In addition, it is important to record an appreciation for the insightful contributions to the field made by the contributing authors of the issue. The valuable comments of the reviewers of this paper are also gratefully acknowledged.
Abstract:

Purpose – The objective of this paper is to recognize the richness in exploring the inter-linkages between accounting and popular culture. Such an investigation should reap returns in not only furthering an understanding of accounting, but also the ways and means in which notions of accountability and audit permeate our everyday lives. In addition, it attempts to capture the significant transformative influence of accounting, and calculative practices more generally, in the actual shaping of the contours of the cultural context. Finally, it briefly introduces the six papers in this AAAJ special issue.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on literature from the fields of both accounting and cultural studies to set out a theoretically informed framework for the future examination of the myriad ways in which accounting is entwined with the popular.

Findings – The paper argues a case for the study of accounting within the domain of popular culture, proposes two theoretical lenses from which to examine the inter-linkages between these two disciplines, and presents a diverse range of research possibilities for further scholarly inquiry in the field.

Originality/value – Traditionally regarded as trivial and unworthy of academic attention, research into the regular rituals that pervade the everyday is now a legitimate field of scholarly inquiry among social and cultural theorists. Accounting researchers, however, have remained relatively aloof from this general trend, preferring to seek solace in the sphere of the corporation rather than the coffee shop. This paper is novel in that it attempts to broaden the scope of accounting scholarship into the new domain of popular culture.



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