Tracking the numbers : Across accounting and finance, organizations and markets


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This introductory essay reviews recent advances in the emergent field of social studies of finance (SSF) and, subsequently, sets out to illustrate how a closer engagement with SSF might benefit research interests in accounting and vice versa. Finally, it provides a sketch of how mutual engagements across the fields might be intensified in what is identified as an emerging accounting and finance track in the discourse of social science. The prospects of a broader field of research exploring the use of financial numbers across social settings, markets, organizations and cultures are projected, and the possibility of articulating a strong sociological programme of research is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-637
Number of pages19
JournalAccounting, Organizations and Society
Issue number5
Early online date8 Aug 2008
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgements: We would like to thank Alexandra Hessling, David Cooper, Peter Miller, Yuval Millo, Helen Oakes, Michael Power, Keith Robson and Rita Samiolo for their instructive comments on earlier drafts of this paper.


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