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The emotional labour of accountancy

Kenneth Strongman (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)
Sarah Wright (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)

Pacific Accounting Review

ISSN: 0114-0582

Article publication date: 18 July 2008




This paper seeks to suggest that the typical western workplace culture, especially in the accounting profession, is predicated on a masculine, emotion‐free template, and that this poses specific challenges and difficulties for women.


The paper is based on conceptual claims and secondary data from studies of emotion, work and gender.


It was found that female accountants may have to make some difficult choices in the workplace due to their socialization as being more emotionally aware and attuned than men.


The paper underlines the importance of the emotion‐work link in accounting, and how it relates to gender.



Strongman, K. and Wright, S. (2008), "The emotional labour of accountancy", Pacific Accounting Review, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 102-106.



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