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Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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We've come a long way! Maybe! Re-imagining gender and accounting

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Title:We've come a long way! Maybe! Re-imagining gender and accounting
Author(s):Cheryl Lehman, (Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA)
Citation:Cheryl Lehman, (2012) "We've come a long way! Maybe! Re-imagining gender and accounting", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 25 Iss: 2, pp.256 - 294
Keywords:Accountability, Accounting, Feminism, Gender, Neo-liberalism, Social construction, Violence, Women
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09513571211198764 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The research support of Hofstra University is gratefully acknowledged. The author is indebted and grateful to the many scholars developing gender-accounting research, and regrets if their specific contribution is omitted here. Thanks for the thorough reading of the paper and insights by Martin Brown, Peter Cross, Leni Goodman, Eva Kant, Carole Lapidus, Ellen Lus, Margaret McGinty, Fahrettin Okcabol; and thanks to two anonymous reviewers, and for the steadfast encouragements of Garry Carnegie.(Dedicated to the memory of three amazing and beloved women: my grandmothers, Esther and Bessie, and my dear mother, Lillian.)

Purpose – Transforming gender research in accounting is possible, desirable, and promising: the past few decades have included prescient work and expansive theories. The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the legacy of the 1992 special issue “Fe[men]ists' account” and urge new linkages and contexts for a continuation of visionary inquiries.

Design/methodology/approach – By reviewing pioneering feminist research in various disciplines, the author opens the margins and boundaries of gender-in-accounting research. Innovative multidisciplinary works from different regions of the globe reveal methods for challenging entrenched premises and recasting new meanings.

Findings – Reflecting on our embedded ideas, expanding boundaries, and imagining new areas of inquiry are not only plausible, they are essential, for contesting repression and discrimination and advancing social justice.

Research limitations/implications – Tying the current rhetoric of global neo-liberalism to contemporary feminist struggles, the paper illustrates the significant consequences of economic globalization on women, and accounting's connection. As there is no single story regarding gender, research exploring the unexplored has precedent in accounting literature, providing a foundation for new insights and enhanced possibilities for advancing and transforming the field.

Originality/value – The paper re-imagines the accounting-gender dilemma, offering practical yet expansive research concepts regarding values, class, the construction of gender, and the impositions of economic structures.

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