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On knowing, accounting and the methodological position of Geertz


Mustafa, Hasri and Gaffikin, Michael (2010) On knowing, accounting and the methodological position of Geertz. In: The Sixth Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting, 12-13 July 2010, University of Sydney, Australia. . (Unpublished)


As a consequence of calls to view accounting as a culturally defined discipline Geertz’s work has yielded significant debate among accounting scholars. This review paper argues that Geertz á la interpretive anthropology has been inaccurately characterised by many accounting methodologists. They overlook the theoretical anchoring of Geertzian conceptions of culture schemes - “by isolating its elements”, “internal relationships”, and “in some general way” - that illustrate accounting as a kind of being of knowing – the form of what accounting comes to. This paper traces the implications of this on fundamental consequences for accounting research methodology and establishes a direction to critique from a position from where the claims of Geertz should apparently be held.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subject: Accounting
Subject: Accounting - Research - Methodology
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Keywords: Geertzian conception of culture, interpretive anthropology, knowing
Depositing User: Samsida Samsudin
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 04:25
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2013 07:26
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/9232
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