Constructing meaning in the service of power: an analysis of the typical modes of ideology in accounting textbooks

John Ferguson, David Collison, David Power, Lorna Stevenson

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    Abstract

    This paper provides an analysis of the typical modes of ideology in introductory financial accounting textbooks and training materials. Drawing on Thompson's [Thompson JB. Ideology and modern culture: critical social theory in the era of mass communication. Cambridge: Polity Press; 1990] schema concerning the typical linguistic modes through which ideology operates, this research suggests that the operation of ideology is apparent within educational accounting texts, with particular strategies being more evident than others: in particular, the strategies of universalization, narrativization, rationalization and naturalization. Given the predominantly technical nature of introductory financial accounting textbooks and training manuals, the modes of ideology identified in the texts were often quite subtle; more specifically, the ideological characteristics displayed in each of the six texts analyzed were often expressions of implicit or taken for granted assumptions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)896-909
    Number of pages14
    JournalCritical Perspectives on Accounting
    Volume20
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009

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