Show simple item record Jayasinghe, Kelum Thomas, Dennis 2010-04-30T09:10:27Z 2010-04-30T09:10:27Z 2009-05-01
dc.identifier.citation Jayasinghe , K & Thomas , D 2009 , ' The preservation of indigenous accounting systems in a subaltern community ' Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal , vol 22 , no. 3 , pp. 351 - 378 . , 10.1108/09513570910945651 en
dc.identifier.issn 0951-3574
dc.identifier.other PURE: 149390
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/4619
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description Jayasinghe, K., Thomas, D. (2009). The preservation of indigenous accounting systems in a subaltern community. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 22 (3), 351 - 378 en
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The paper aims to examine how indigenous accounting practices are mobilised in the daily life of a subaltern community, and how and why the members of that community have managed to preserve such practices over time despite external pressures for change. Design/methodology/approach – An ethno-methodological field study is employed to produce a text that informs readers about the ways in which people engage in social accounting practices. It uses the concepts of structuration theory to understand how indigenous accounting systems are shaped by the interplay between the actions of agents and social structures. Findings – The case study suggests that it is the strongly prevailing patronage based political system, as mobilised into the subaltern social structure, which makes individuals unable to change and exercise their agencies, and tends to “preserve” and “sustain” indigenous accounting systems. Social accounting is seen as the common language of the inhabitants in their everyday life, as sanctioned by the unique form of autonomy-dependency relationship shaped by patronage politics. Research limitations/implications – The findings imply that any form of rational transformations in indigenous accounting systems in local subaltern communities requires a phenomenological analysis of any prevailing and dominant patronage political systems. Originality/value – This is the first empirical study that focuses on how and why local subaltern communities preserve their indigenous accounting practices over time. This contrasts with previous work that has focused on the presence or absence of accounting beyond work organisations. en
dc.format.extent 28 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal en
dc.subject Accounting en
dc.subject Communities en
dc.subject Developing countries en
dc.subject Political systems en
dc.subject Sri Lanka en
dc.title The preservation of indigenous accounting systems in a subaltern community en
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article en
dc.contributor.institution Centre for Local and Regional Enterprise en
dc.contributor.institution School of Management & Business en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en

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