Encountering accounting in society

Hendrik Vollmer, Michele Bigon, James Brackley, Sara Closs-Davies, Thomas Cuckston, Mercy Denedo, Amanze Ejiogu, Ann-Christine Frandsen, Alessandro Ghio, Keith Hoskin, Karen McBride, Shona Russell, Atul K. Shah, Penelope Tuck, G. Jan Van Helden

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n this concluding chapter to the Handbook of Accounting in Society, we reflect on the collective effort of the contributors. Taken together, our contributions present a manifestation of accounting realism, a concern with how and where accounting actually takes place in society. As we explore the diverse ways in which accounting shapes organizations and institutions, and is shaped by them in turn, we encounter diverse forms of accounting and a diversity of accountants. Among the accountants, professionally trained and accredited practitioners seem all but outweighed by accounting practitioners who arrive at their accountings as activists, scientists, nurses, doctors, or carers, or in their humble role es taxpayers. This diversity of accountants, their accounts and accountings offers a basis for reforming the accounting profession, for redeveloping accounting education, and for leveraging accounting for the common good - for changing accounting in society into an accounting for society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Accounting in Society
EditorsHendrik Vollmer
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar
ISBN (Print)9781803921990
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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