Recounting a difficult past : a South African accounting firm's "experiences in transformation"

Hammond, Theresa, Arnold, Patrica J. and Clayton, Bruce 2007, Recounting a difficult past : a South African accounting firm's "experiences in transformation", Accounting history, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 253-281, doi: 10.1177/1032373207079027.

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Title Recounting a difficult past : a South African accounting firm's "experiences in transformation"
Author(s) Hammond, Theresa
Arnold, Patrica J.
Clayton, Bruce
Journal name Accounting history
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 253
End page 281
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1032-3732
Keyword(s) apartheid
collective memory
oral history
public accounting
Summary This article examines the role of oral history in the social construction of collective memory and forgetting. The article presents a case study of a South African public accounting firm's attempt to document the history of race relations within the firm through the publication of a collection of oral histories. The research draws from the sociology of memory and recent scholarship on individual and collective memory in South Africa to analyze the firm's account of its experiences in making the transition from Apartheid to a multiracial democracy. The analysis finds that the firm's portrayal of its history reflects a narrative of reconciliation and redemption that minimizes the deep social and economic divisions that characterize South Africa's past, their relevance to accounting history, and the continuing salience of race to employment in public accounting.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1032373207079027
Field of Research 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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