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Narrating the narrative turn in narrative accounting research: Scholarly knowledge development or flat science?

Rutherford, Brian A. (2018) Narrating the narrative turn in narrative accounting research: Scholarly knowledge development or flat science? Meditari Accountancy Research, 26 (1). pp. 13-43. ISSN 2049-372X. (doi:10.1108/MEDAR-04-2017-0139) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper analyses the nature and extent of convergence within the literature of the narrative turn in narrative accounting research. Design/methodology/approach – The paper offers an actor-network-theoretic perspective drawing on Latour’s theory of citation and Shwed and Bearman’s development of that theory to analyse patterns of convergence. Findings – The paper finds that, across the exemplars of narrative turn research examined, there is only a limited level of epistemic engagement, so that exemplars achieve their status without undergoing trials of strength. Research limitations/implications – The paper argues that the resources of the relevant academic community are spread so thinly that each seam – each research question, each methodology or method, each research context – is mined by no more than a small handful of researchers unable to generate a meaningful volume of contestation. Steps are suggested to better focus research activity. Originality/value – The use of Latour’s theory of citation to analyse patterns of convergence in accounting research is innovative. The paper proposes a substantial change in the community’s approach to narrative turn research on accounting narratives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/MEDAR-04-2017-0139
Uncontrolled keywords: Narrative turn, Accounting narratives, Actor-network theory, Epistemic convergence, Flat science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: B. Rutherford
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 17:10 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66804 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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