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Accountability through activism: learning from Bourdieu

Shenkin, Mark and Coulson, Andrea (2007) Accountability through activism: learning from Bourdieu. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 20 (2). 297 -317. ISSN 0951-3574

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on how the social-theoretical work of Pierre Bourdieu (1931-2001) could contribute to knowledge production on accountability. The paper draws on Bourdieu's conceptualisation of social practice in terms of a field/habitus relation, and uses this relation as a framing mechanism to explore the possibilities of accountability in corporate-stakeholder relations.