Calculating the carbon footprint: implications for governing emissions and gender relations

Thereza R. S. de Aguiar, Anne Fearfull, María V. Sanagustín Fons

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    In this article, we use fresh empirical evidence,and draw on feminist and critical accounting and organisational theories to contend that carbon calculators can be interpreted as discriminatory control technologies. They do this by providing a new and flexible vocabulary for governing expenses, costs and investments at a distance, avoiding a sense of direct intervention by the government. Thus, given our stance that the carbon calculator cannot be considered a neutral tool, we argue that it has the potential to control personal responsibilities regarding both environmental and family-based issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-77
    Number of pages15
    JournalAccounting Forum
    Issue number2
    Early online date7 May 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016



    • Carbon Calculator/Footprint
    • Accountability
    • Critical Analysis and Gender

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