Accounting and Order: Evidence from the Ancient World (Routledge Studies in Accounting)

Accounting and Order: Evidence from the Ancient World (Routledge Studies in Accounting)

By: Mahmoud Ezzamel (author)Hardback

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This book draws on ancient Egyptian inscriptions in order to theorize the relationship between accounting and order. It focuses especially on the performative power of accounting in producing and sustaining order in society. It explores how accounting intervened in various domains of the ancient Egyptian world: the cosmos; life on earth (offerings to the gods; taxation; transportation; redistribution for palace dependants; mining activities; work organization; baking and brewing; private estates and the household; and private transactions in semi-barter exchange); and the cult of the dead. The book emphasizes several possibilities through which accounting can be theorized over and above strands of theorizing that have already been explored in detail previously. These additional possibilities theorize accounting as a performative ritual; myth; a sign system; a signifier; a time ordering device; a spatial ordering device; violence; and as an archive and a cultural memory. Each of these themes are summarized with further suggestions as to how theorizing might be pursued in future research in the final chapter of the book. This book is of particular relevance to all accounting students and researchers concerned with theorize accounting and also with the relevance of history to the project of contemporary theorizing of accounting.

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About Author

Mahmoud Ezzamel, BCom., MCom., Ph.D., is Professor at Cardiff University, UK, and IE Business School, Spain. He has published widely in major international journals on various topics including the interface between accounting and social theory, accounting history, accounting regulation, and corporate governance. He has also published 11 books in the areas of management accounting, accounting regulation, and corporate governance.


Part 1: Egypt, Order and Scribes 1. Prologue 2. Ancient Egypt: A Brief History Part 2: Accounting, Order, and Gods 3. Accounting and Order 4. Creation, Order and Divine Accounting 5. Pleasing the Gods: Order and Accounting for Offerings Part 3: Providing For the State 6. Ordering the Taxation Cycle 7. Ordering Transportation: Accounting for the Fleet 8. Accounting and Redistribution: The Palace and Mortuary Cult 9. Accounting and Ordering the Activities of the Funerary Temples 10. Accounting for Mining Expeditions 11. Accounting and the Ordering of Work Organization 21. Accounting for the Bakeries Part 4: Ordering the Private Domain 13. Ordering Private Estates and the Household 14. Ordering Lives: the Roles of Accounting and Money in Organizing Communities Part 5: Epilogue 15. Epilogue. Bibliography. Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/04/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780415482615
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 502
  • ID: 9780415482615
  • weight: 771
  • ISBN10: 0415482615

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