Accountability through activism: learning from Bourdieu

Mark Shenkin, Andrea Coulson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297 -317
JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • accounting
  • activism
  • Bourdieu
  • social practice
  • stakeholder relations


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