Organisation Studies

Authored by: Chris Carter , Alan McKinlay

The Routledge Companion to Critical Accounting

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138025257
eBook ISBN: 9781315775203
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315775203.ch22

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Abstract

Governmentalist research has been as attracted to the nineteenth century as to the contemporary world. There are both historical and methodological reasons for this. Historical, in that the nature of politics and political authority is transformed after the Enlightenment: The population becomes a political object for the first time as it emerges as the source of the production of truths. Methodological, in that a population has to be defined conceptually as well as how it could be operationalised. Politics, power and knowledge become entangled.

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