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The Housing of Accounting: On the Making of Financial Man
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. (Musica)
2008 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
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The aim of this paper is to empirically explore the role of accounting in making people financially capable, and in that contribute to the theoretical understanding of accounting as a social practice. This is done by illuminating how the accounting discourse is presented and conceptualized to address individuals in situations related to their private, everyday lives – a field of analysis which has received little empirical attention in previous accounting research. Analysing the home-pages of certain actors within the sphere of the housing market reveals that in order to make financial and accounting concepts comprehensible to people, they have to be connected with values, ideals and concerns, hold as critical by the individuals they are to transform. Thus, the paper shows that it is in the linkage between the vocabulary of accounting and other discursive vocabularies that abstract notions of economic discourse are presumed to be made knowable, and hence people are made financially responsible.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-157163OAI: diva2:435325
Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference, New York, April 24-25, 2008
Author: Charlotta Bay formerly KarlssonAvailable from: 2011-08-19 Created: 2011-08-18 Last updated: 2011-08-19Bibliographically approved

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