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Moving the gender agenda or stirring chicken’s entrails?: where next for feminist methodologies in accounting?


  • Haynes, Kathryn


Purpose – The paper critiques recent research on gender and accounting to explore how feminist methodology can move on and radicalise the gender agenda in the accounting context. Design/methodology/approach – After examining current research on gender and accounting, the paper explores the nature of feminist methodology and its relation to epistemology. It explores three inter-related tenets of feminist methodology in detail: Power and Politics, Subjectivity and Reflexivity. Findings – The paper suggests that much research in the accounting is concerned with gender-as-a-variable, rather than being distinctly feminist, thus missing the opportunity to radicalise the agenda. It makes suggestions for how a feminist approach to methodology could be applied to the accounting context. Originality/value – The paper calls for a wider application of a feminist approach to accounting research and where this might be applied. Keywords – feminism, methodology, epistemology, gender, accounting, power, reflexivity, subjectivity Paper type – conceptual paper

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  • Haynes, Kathryn, 2007. "Moving the gender agenda or stirring chicken’s entrails?: where next for feminist methodologies in accounting?," The York Management School Working Papers 27, The York Management School, University of York.
  • Handle: RePEc:wrc:ymswp1:27

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    1. Jesse Dillard & MaryAnn Reynolds, 2008. "Green Owl and the Corn Maiden," Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 21(4), pages 556-579, May.

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