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Transforming Identities: Accounting Professionals and the Transition to Motherhood

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kathryn Haynes


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This paper investigates the relationship between the experience of motherhood and employment within the UK accounting profession, by examining the oral history narratives of a small group of accountants who have recently become mothers and returned to work. Drawing from contemporary theories on identity, it considers how individuals make sense of the different social identities of accountant and mother, and to what extent social, institutional and cultural factors shape and restrict the ways in which the self is experienced. It also explores the implications for both the self and the accounting profession of interconnections and juxtapositions between the ostensibly private sphere of the home and the public sphere of employment. It suggests that as the identities of mother and accountant are entwined, they undertake a process of redefinition and transformation of the self.

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Author(s): Haynes K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Critical Perspectives on Accounting

Year: 2008

Volume: 19

Issue: 5

Pages: 620-642

ISSN (print): 1045-2354

ISSN (electronic): 1095-9955

Publisher: Academic Press


DOI: 10.1016/


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