By Jim Haslam, Prem Sikka
This publication celebrates the lifestyles and paintings of Tony Lowe, a pioneer of serious accounting. The authors problematic at the indisputable fact that Tony Lowe looked accounting as an ethical and political perform instead of a few dry technical phenomena since it has critical social outcomes. The essays within the ebook are written by means of a world group of Tony’s former colleagues and scholars and express the price of adopting interdisciplinary views. The essays find accounting and company practices in wider social, fiscal and political contexts to teach that Tony’s rules had a long way attaining functions for law, company governance, accounting, auditing, the surroundings, company social accountability, organisational responsibility, gender, race, globalization and the functioning of the nation. The ebook is acceptable for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars, students and practitioners looking to unfastened themselves from the shackles of traditional perspectives approximately accounting and company practices.
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4 Practicing Tony Lowe It is this position (or at least the mental position) of being the outside which was evident in Tony Lowe and is shown most clearly in one of his favourite stories of how he became an accountant. His entry into The Man Who Always Asked Why! The Reflexive Accounting... 25 the accounting profession was not simple or inevitable as he came from working class roots. His mother was the cleaner in a local chartered accounting firm and was encouraged to bring her son to meet the senior partner (whose office she cleaned) upon completion of his National Service obligations.
Jacobs characteristic to constantly ask ourselves and the world around us the difficult (and irritating) question of ‘why’. The danger is that as time passes Tony’s annoying but insightful voice could easily recede into the background and the field of critical and interdisciplinary accounting research could easily lose this practice of reflexivity. In many ways critical and interdisciplinary research has become a new status-quo and the contemporary members of this community may have become too settled and comfortable where the once radical voices are the new taken for granted (Molyneaux and Jacobs 2005).
Also, whilst Anthony Hopwood had taken an early and vitally important initiative in 1976 to create Accounting, Organizations and Society (AOS) to provide a publication outlet for research that now would be seen as under the umbrella of the ICPA Project, there were growing doubts about the capacity of AOS to capture fully what was starting to emerge. This laudable objective at one level led to greater space given in the journal to papers that were sympathetic to the interests of the US academic community, which, to many, and certainly those associated with Sheffield and Tony Lowe, seemed not the way to proceed.