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The chapter reviews various debates as to how best to undertake research in accounting history. It distinguishes "history of accounting" - where the object of research is accounting ideas, methods, organisations, etc. - from "socio-historical accounting research" - where the object of research is how accounting has impacted on individuals, organisations and society in the past.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Accounting History
EditorsJohn Richard Edwards, Stephen P. Walker
Place of PublicationAbingdon
ISBN (Print)9780415410946
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • History of accounting
  • Socio-political accounting research
  • Historical method
  • Narrative histories
  • Theory in accounting history

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