Accounting for human rights: doxic health and safety practices - the accounting lesson from ICL

Christine Cooper, Andrea Coulson, Phil Taylor

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with a specific human right - the right to work in a safe environment. It sets out a case for developing a new form of account of health and safety in any organisational setting. It draws upon the theoretical insights of Pierre Bourdieu taking inspiration from his assertion that in order to understand the "logic" of the worlds we live in we need to immerse ourselves into the particularity of an empirical reality. In this case the paper, analyses a preventable industrial disaster which occurred in Glasgow, Scotland which killed nine people and injured 33 others. From this special case of what is possible, the paper unearths the underlying structures of symbolic violence of the UK State, the Health and Safety Executive and capital with respect to health and safety at work. While dealing with one specific country (Scotland), the analysis can be used to question health and safety regimes and other forms of symbolic violence across the globe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-35
Number of pages35
Publication statusUnpublished - 2009
EventThe Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference - Innsbruck, Austria
Duration: 1 Jul 2009 → …

Conference

ConferenceThe Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference
CityInnsbruck, Austria
Period1/07/09 → …

Keywords

  • human rights
  • doxic health
  • health and safety
  • accounting

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    Cooper, C., Coulson, A., & Taylor, P. (2009). Accounting for human rights: doxic health and safety practices - the accounting lesson from ICL. 1-35. Paper presented at The Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference, Innsbruck, Austria, .