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The forms of repetition in social and environmental reports: insights from Hume's notion of ?impressions?

Pesci, C and Costa, E and Soobaroyen, T (2015) 'The forms of repetition in social and environmental reports: insights from Hume's notion of ?impressions?' Accounting and Business Research, 45 (6/7). 765 - 800. ISSN 0001-4788

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the use of repetition, both in narrative and visual forms, in social and environmental reports. It investigates the forms of repetition as a rhetorical device adopted by the preparer of a social and environmental report in helping the process of knowledge acquisition, as outlined by Hume (1739). Drawing from Hume?s (1739) philosophical idea of an ?impression?, and the work of Davison (2014a) we classify repetitions into ?identical?, ?similar? and ?accumulated? forms. It is argued that the rationale for distinguishing between the different forms of repetition can be linked to their different potential or intensity in acting on different stimuli with a view to enhance learning. The empirical element of this study is based on the stand-alone social and environmental reports of a sample of 86 cooperative banks in Northern Italy; the analysis of these reports indicates that repetition is widespread and that cooperative banks use all forms of repetition, albeit to a varying extent within the different reported themes. The paper contributes to the literature by offering an alternative interpretation of repetition using an interdisciplinary perspective and by providing new insights on social and environmental reporting practices in the cooperative banking sector.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: repetition; impressions; narratives; visuals; social and environmental reporting; cooperative banks; Italy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
Depositing User: Teerooven Soobaroyen
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 07:01
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16782

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