Visuals as meaning carrying bedfellows to text- the case of stock image usage in CSR reports

Vazhappully, Rajeev and Hope, Alex (2018) Visuals as meaning carrying bedfellows to text- the case of stock image usage in CSR reports. In: Hong Kong Poly U SPEED Conference, 14th June 2018, University of Northumbria.

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Abstract

An organisation is constructed as a responsible and legitimate entity through its discursive acts and by conforming to social practices that are dominant and considered legitimate. The visual representations used by organisations in their CSR reports are highly influential in the sense-making of the readers and in constructing a social reality for them. Accounting researchers have made use of popular theories in meaning making and rhetoric to make the case that photographs are often merely symbolic representations of an organisation’s responsible behaviour. This paper reviews some of the popular theories of visual rhetoric and juxtaposes them with current knowledge of stock images leading to the conclusion that due to certain inherent characteristics of stock images-abstractness, decontextualized and polysemous nature, ambivalence, dissociation with reality and propensity to be manipulated, the nature of use of stock images in CSR discourse is similar to their use in advertising or marketing discourse where the sole intention is persuasion or deception.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Alex Hope
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2018 11:53
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34264

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