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Genealogical method and analysis

Kate Kearins (Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)
Keith Hooper (Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)

Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal

ISSN: 0951-3574

Article publication date: 1 December 2002



This paper outlines and exemplifies the use of a method for analysing power relations based on the work of French social theorist, Michel Foucault. The overall research aim of genealogical analysis is to produce “a history of the present”, a history which is essentially critical with its focus on locating forms of power, the channels it takes and the discourses it permeates. Research combining Foucauldian theorisation and method necessarily involves a selective search for injustice and subjection to reveal plausible alternatives to more pervasively modernist histories, which tend to revere progress. Salient features of a genealogical research method are detailed in the context of an actual research project previously conducted by the authors and reproduced here for the purposes of exemplification explicitly as a genealogy.



Kearins, K. and Hooper, K. (2002), "Genealogical method and analysis", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 15 No. 5, pp. 733-757.




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