Download PDF by S. Gallhofer: Accounting and Emancipation: Some Critical Interventions

By S. Gallhofer

Accounting is a social perform: it may be evaluated when it comes to its contribution to a inspiration of social future health. that allows you to do that, this ebook elaborates a critique of up to date accounting. The authors motivate people with a detailed curiosity in accounting to make the quest for a extra emancipatory and allowing accounting a middle sector in their curiosity. The booklet will stimulate debate and task within the arenas of schooling, examine, perform and policy-making.

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Such views may indeed have discouraged many, including many critical scholars, from a close reading of Bentham’s works. Writing in the late 1960s, Himmelfarb (1968: 32) did suggest that many critics were ignoring Bentham, putting forward the view that Bentham ‘might … legitimately complain of a conspiracy of silence’. Early negative views are, however, being re-interpreted these days. The early views were based on a very limited picture of Bentham in terms of texts readily available – and what was readily available was in part a distortion of Bentham’s writings – and were much shaped by John Stuart Mill’s intervention.

In reading Bentham as modern, one can, as well as exploring negative dimensions of his work, conceive of his modernity and his modern accounting as worthy of rescue as well as what we need to work through and with in order to progress (see Bronner 1994). Bentham’s mobilising of accounting can, for example, be interpreted in terms of seeking to better align accounting with progressive and emancipatory social change. And through the historical analysis of Bentham’s writings one might discover potentialities of modernity more generally, consistent with an approach that sees value in attempting to rescue the modern.

Critchley 2001: 47–8) In seeking to develop and promote an alignment between accounting and emancipation, we are here concerned to critically explore the extensive writings upon accounting of Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), the British philosopher, social reformer and social visionary. This choice of focus might surprise some. Why, especially in a project concerned to develop and promote an alignment between accounting and emancipation, would one focus upon Bentham on accounting? The question seems all the more pertinent given how Bentham is perceived by many critics, including a number in the accounting literature.

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