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Lifestyle, status and occupational differentiation in Victorian accountancy

Edwards, John Richard and Walker, Stephen Paul 2010. Lifestyle, status and occupational differentiation in Victorian accountancy. Accounting, Organizations and Society 35 (1) , pp. 2-22. 10.1016/j.aos.2009.01.002

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New insights are offered to the professionalization of accountants in Britain circa 1881 by examining the private foundations of occupational status and identity as manifested by domestic arrangements and residence patterns. Drawing on literature pertaining to the relationship between consumption and socio-cultural differentiation the study deploys empirical evidence from the British census to analyse status identifiers such as servant keeping, household location and neighbourhood composition. These aspects of lifestyle are taken as signifying practices of middle-class affiliation and narratives of the social identification of professional accountants. The extent to which accountants achieved status through consumption practices is illustrated by comparisons with a range of other occupational groups and social classes in Victorian Britain.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0361-3682
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:17

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