Accounting's Changing Role in Social Conflict

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
I Introduction 1
Global Debt to Pay 3
Bank Accounting Practices 4
Costs of the International Debt Crises 7
Boom and Bust of Mergers 8
II The Roles of Accounting in Society 17
The Stewardship Role 18
The New Stewardship Role: The Efficient Allocation of Resources 20
The Efficient Allocation of Resources: General Characteristics, Limitations, and Challenges 22
Assumptions of Neo-Classical Economics and Their Impact on Accounting 23
Summary and Challenges 35
III Truth or Consequences: The Social Production of Knowledge 39
Epistemological Stance: Falsificationism 40
The Process of Growth in Knowledge: Kuhn 43
Knowledge Production: Socio-Historical Approaches Beyond Kuhn 44
Feminist Challenges to Science and Techniques of Knowledge 47
Epistemology in Accounting 49
Critical Theory: An Approach to Research 53
IV Social Conflict, the State, and the Role of Accounting Literature 59
The Structures of Societies 60
Developments of Economic Strains and Impediments 65
The Roles of the State and Accounting 68
Managing Conflict and Ideology 77
A Semiotic Analysis of Accounting Literature 79
V The Discursive Realm of Business and Accounting 85
The Choice of the Journals 85
Accounting Journals 86
General Information on Classifying the Journal Texts 87
A Periodization Analysis 91
Discursive Activity of Fortune 94
Discursive Activity of the Accounting Journals 113
Marginalized Accounting Discourses and Accounting's Social Role 139
VI Signs and Symbols: Rediscovering Accounting's Partisanship 145
Crafting Accounting 148
Bibliography 153
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