Rhetoric and the art of memory

Authored by: Paolo Quattrone

The Routledge Companion to Accounting Communication

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415617147
eBook ISBN: 9780203593493
Adobe ISBN: 9781135071585

10.4324/9780203593493.ch7

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Abstract

Even after the recent financial crisis, lay people think of accounting, finance and other management techniques as having some kind of concrete features that make them functional to the pursuit of precise objectives, typically profit. Often, with respect to the role played by accounting, these objectives are thought to be given, or at least, accounting is seen as a neutral technique aimed at representation. However, this view forgets what Hines (1988: 251) taught us, that is, “in communicating reality, we construct reality”.

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