Moving the gender agenda or stirring chicken's entrails? Where next for feminist methodologies in accounting?

Moving the gender agenda or stirring chicken's entrails? Where next for feminist methodologies in... Purpose – This paper seeks to critique recent research on gender and accounting to explore how feminist methodology can move on and radicalise the gender agenda in the accounting context. Design/methodology/approach – After examining current research on gender and accounting, the paper explores the nature of feminist methodology and its relation to epistemology. It explores three inter‐related tenets of feminist methodology in detail: power and politics, subjectivity and reflexivity. Findings – The paper suggests that much research in the accounting is concerned with gender‐as‐a‐variable, rather than being distinctly feminist, thus missing the opportunity to radicalise the agenda. It makes suggestions for how a feminist approach to methodology could be applied to the accounting context. Originality/value – The paper calls for a wider application of a feminist approach to accounting research and gives suggestions as to where this might be applied. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal Emerald Publishing

Moving the gender agenda or stirring chicken's entrails? Where next for feminist methodologies in accounting?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0951-3574
DOI
10.1108/09513570810872914
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to critique recent research on gender and accounting to explore how feminist methodology can move on and radicalise the gender agenda in the accounting context. Design/methodology/approach – After examining current research on gender and accounting, the paper explores the nature of feminist methodology and its relation to epistemology. It explores three inter‐related tenets of feminist methodology in detail: power and politics, subjectivity and reflexivity. Findings – The paper suggests that much research in the accounting is concerned with gender‐as‐a‐variable, rather than being distinctly feminist, thus missing the opportunity to radicalise the agenda. It makes suggestions for how a feminist approach to methodology could be applied to the accounting context. Originality/value – The paper calls for a wider application of a feminist approach to accounting research and gives suggestions as to where this might be applied.

Journal

Accounting, Auditing & Accountability JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 9, 2008

Keywords: Feminism; Sexual discrimination; Epistemology; Gender; Accounting; Management power

References

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  • Career drivers of junior auditors: an exploratory study
    Chia, Y.M.
  • Career progression in accountancy – the role of personal and situational factors
    Gammie, B.; Gammie, E.
  • Some feminisms and their implications for accounting practice
    Hammond, T.; Oakes, L.S.

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