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Accountants' TruthKnowledge and Ethics in the Financial World$
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Matthew Gill

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547142.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Accountants' Truth

Matthew Gill

Oxford University Press

Accountancy tends to capture the public imagination only when something goes spectacularly wrong. This chapter illustrates how such spectacles, rather than being isolated incidents, can be understood as extreme manifestations of some aspects of everyday accounting practice. It introduces the problems of trust, truthfulness, factuality, and ethics that motivate subsequent chapters, and also offers a vivid description of the social world inhabited by chartered accountants working in large firms.

Keywords:   accounting knowledge, accounting discourse, simplification, white-collar crime, trust, the big four, Enron

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