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Linking Narrative and Identity Construction: Using Autobiography in Accounting Research

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kathryn Haynes


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This paper is concerned with the derivation of methodological principles, using autobiographical narrative, to research the lived experience of accountants, drawn from my experiences of accounting, academia and motherhood. In the accounting context, relatively few studies have employed interpretative, biographical or autobiographical methodologies in a study of the accounting profession, or examined the subjective experience and identity of accountants. The paper draws on sociological and feminist theoretical perspectives to argue for the use of autobiography as a methodological principle, which links epistemology and ontology with methodology. It presents and analyses three extracts from the author's own autobiography, concluding that narrative forms an important part of identity construction, within the cultural, social and political practices of which it is a part, and which it is also capable of perpetuating.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Haynes K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Critical Perspectives on Accounting

Year: 2006

Volume: 17

Issue: 4

Pages: 399-418

ISSN (print): 1045-2354

ISSN (electronic): 1095-9955

Publisher: Academic Press


DOI: 10.1016/


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