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The Routledge Companion to Critical Accounting

1st Edition

Edited by Robin Roslender


476 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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The field of critical accounting has expanded rapidly since its inception and has become recognised as offering a wealth of provocative insights in the wake of the global financial crisis. It is now firmly embedded within accounting literature and in how accounting is taught.

Surveying the evolving field of Critical Accounting, including theory, ethics, history, development and sustainability, this Companion presents key debates in the field, providing a comprehensive overview. Incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives on accounting, the volume concludes by considering new directions in which critical accounting research may travel.

With an international array of established and respected contributors, this Routledge Companion is a vital resource for students and researchers across the world.


'This impressive volume shows that critical accounting has come of age. It will provide an important reference point for scholars in accounting, as well as scholars across the social sciences for many years to come.'

Peter Miller, Professor, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

'A must read book for those teaching and researching in the field of critical accounting.'

Lois Mahoney, Professor, Eastern Michigan University, USA

'The field of critical accounting is attractive and stimulating for many students and new researchers but it is also complex, discordant and difficult to navigate - this companion provides an invaluable map and guide for newcomers and established scholars alike.'

Brian Rutherford, Professor, University of Kent, UK

‘Widening social inequality, accelerating environmental degradation and seemingly unchecked corporate power render the aims and aspirations of critical accounting more urgent than ever before. The Routledge Companion to Critical Accounting is an important read to understand and advance this essential field.’

Marcia Annisette, Associate Dean, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

Table of Contents

Foreword (David Cooper)

1. Introduction (Robin Roslender)

2. Interpretivism (Chandana Allawattage and Danture Wickramasinghe)

3. Structural Marxism (Robin Roslender)

4. Critical Theory (Sonja Gallhofer and Jim Haslam)

5. Philosophical Traditions (Glen Lehman)

6. Foucault (David Knights and Peter Bloom)

7. Bourdieu (Jeff Everett)

8. Accountancy Profession (Alan Richardson)

9. Auditing (Richard Baker)

10. Ethics (Paul Williams)

11. Regulation (Lisa Baudot and Keith Robson)

12. Colonisation (Jane Broadbent and Richard Laughlin)

13. Accountability (John Roberts)

14. Social and Environmental Accounting (Rob Gray, Carol Adams and David Owen)

15. Emerging Economies (Trevor Hopper and Farzana Tanima)

16. Governance (Lee Parker)

17. Financialization (Colin Haslam and Nick Tstsianis and George Katechos)

18. Globalization (Cameron Graeme)

19. Pop Culture (Ingrid Jeacle)

20. Accounting History (Richard Fleischman, Thomas Tyson and David Oldroyd)

21. Accounting Education (Gordon Boyce)

22. Organisation Studies (Chris Carter and Alan McKinlay)

23. Finance (Elton McGoun)

24. Sustainability is the new critical? (Judy Brown and Jesse Dillard)

25. Actor-Network Theory and critical accounting research (Jane Baxter and Wai Fong Chua)

26. Critical realism (Sven Modell)

About the Editor

Robin Roslender is Professor of Accounting and Finance at The University of Dundee, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting

Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting are prestige reference works providing an overview of a whole subject area or sub-discipline. These books survey the state of the discipline including emerging and cutting edge areas. Providing a comprehensive, up to date, definitive work of reference, Routledge Companions can be cited as an authoritative source on the subject.

A key aspect of these Routledge Companions is their international scope and relevance. Edited by an array of highly regarded scholars, these volumes also benefit from teams of contributors which reflect an international range of perspectives.

Individually, Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting provide an impactful one-stop-shop resource for each theme covered. Collectively, they represent a comprehensive learning and research resource for researchers, postgraduate students and practitioners.

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