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Accounting, post-productivism and corporate power in UK food and agriculture

Jack, Lisa (2007) 'Accounting, post-productivism and corporate power in UK food and agriculture.' Critical Perspectives On Accounting, 18 (8). pp. 905-931. ISSN 1045-2354

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Abstract

In modern capitalism purchase and sale of manufactured foods is as fundamental to social existence as the exchange of a whole gamut of other commodities’ [Giddens, A. The constitution of society. US: University of California Press; 1984, p. 259]. Behind the production of food are networks of people, transactions and accounting that have rarely been examined by accounting researchers. The ‘agri-food’ sector is conflict-ridden and affects all but a very few of the world's population. This paper examines one segment of the industry – the UK – and explores certain elements that impact on the accounting environment of that industry. These are the move towards so-called post-productivist approaches by agricultural businesses and the considerable, yet not always obvious, influence of large agri-food corporations. The shifting asymmetries of power in the sector, which covers farmers, Government and an extensive service sector as well as corporations, are explored using aspects of domination in structuration theory, to elucidate the difficulties faced by farmers that force them to engage with accounting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural accounting; Productionism; Corporate power; Dependency; Transparency; Agri-food
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Susan Hearsum
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2014 11:02
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2014 11:02
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059

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