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Field, Capital and Habitus: An oral history of women in accounting in Australia during World War II

Ikin, Catherine; Johns, Leanne; Hayes, Colleen


In this article we provide an oral history of women who worked as accountants in Australia during World War II. We use Bourdieu's theory of practice to identify the accounting profession as a hierarchical field, where relative positions are defined in terms of associated cultural, social and symbolic capital. Women were historically excluded from the profession as they lacked the requisite capital. However, the shortage of male accountants during World War II led to women being employed in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Accounting History
DOI: 10.1177/1032373211434421


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