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Policing knowledge by invoking the law: critical accounting and the politics of dissemination

Mitchell, Austin, Sikka, Prem and Willmott, Hugh 2001. Policing knowledge by invoking the law: critical accounting and the politics of dissemination. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 12 (5) , pp. 527-555. 10.1006/cpac.2000.0452

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The unconstrained production and dissemination of knowledge in the form of alternative interpretations, analyses, commentaries, reports, theories and concepts is considered to be an essential characteristic of liberal democracies. Yet, all knowledge is policed in a variety of subtle ways ranging from self-censorship, the “gatekeeping" role of journal editors/reviewers, ideological leanings of journals/newspapers, sponsorship of research and the career aspirations of scholars. This paper examines the threat of (libel) lawsuits to discipline or inhibit scholarly accounting research and its dissemination. Evidence is provided from three case studies in which the authors sought to disseminate alternative research and analysis. It addresses the processes of negotiating the dissemination of our research with legal professionals and coming to terms with an increasing awareness of how legal processes can be invoked to silence or curtail our interventions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1045-2354
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:34

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