Audit cultures : anthropological studies in accountability, ethics and the academy
- edited by Marilyn Strathern.
- London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
- Physical description
- x, 310 p. ; 22 cm.
- European Association of Social Anthropologists (Series)
- Strathern, Marilyn.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 1. The analytic and textual practices of the International Monetary Fund: an examination of international auditing
- 2. Coercive accountability: The new audit culture and its impact on Anthropology
- 3. Generic genius - how does it all add up?
- 4. Anthropology, accountability and the European Commission
- 5. The trickster's dilemma: ethics and the technologies of the anthropological self
- 6. Audited accountability and the imperative of moral responsibility: beyond the primacy of the political and the systematic and the calling of Swaraj
- 7. Self-accountability, ethics and 'the problem of meaning'
- 8. Bureaucratic rationalisation and reunification: an exploration of the ethnography and politics of accountability
- 9. Academia: same pressures, same conditions of work?
- 10. Disciples, discipline and reflection: anthropological encounters and trajectories.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
If cultures are always in the making, this book catches one kind of culture on the make. Academics will be familiar with audit in the form of research and teaching assessments - they may not be aware how pervasive practices of 'accountability' are or of the diversity of political regimes under which they flourish. Twelve social anthropologists from across Europe and the Commonwealth chart an influential and controversial cultural phenomenon. The challenge is that these new accountabilities are at once obstructive and enabling of good practice. Through accountability the financial and the moral meet in the twinned precepts of economic efficiency and ethical practices. Audit practices have direct consequences, and in the view of many dire ones, for intellectual production.Yet audit is almost impossible to critique in principle - after all, it advances values that academics generally hold dear, such as responsibility, openness of enquiry and widening of access. The volume therefore examines some of the parameters of professional ethics. Audit Cultures provides an excellent opening for future debate on the 'culture' of management and accountability. It will be an essential resource for students of social anthropology and management. Marilyn Strathern, Richard Harper, Cris Shore, Susan Wright, Eleanor Rimoldi, Maryon McDonald, Peter Pels, Ananta Giri, Vassos Argyrou, Vered Amit, Thomas Fillitz, Dimitra Gefou-Madianou.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- European Association of Social Anthropologists
- 0415233267 (hb)
- 0415233275 (pb)
- 9780415233262 (hb)
- 9780415233279 (pb)
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