Reflexivity and academic identity in accounting: intersubjective reflexive identity work as a feminist academic

Haynes, Kathryn (2023) Reflexivity and academic identity in accounting: intersubjective reflexive identity work as a feminist academic. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. ISSN 0951-3574 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/aaaj-10-2022-6099

Abstract

Purpose
I provide an exploration and critique of reflexive research practice, which explores the nature of reflexivity, its relevance to and influence on accounting academic identity formation.

Design/methodology/approach
The paper gives detailed explanations of three different approaches to reflexivity dependent on perspectives on reality and exemplifies the chosen approach – intersubjective reflexivity. It draws from three personal experiences to illustrate intersubjective reflexive practice in action and its impact on academic identity, including my own identity as a feminist accounting academic. The examples involve the process of reflexively “being struck” regarding voice and representation; addressing power, privilege and decolonisation in knowledge production; and negotiating insider/outsider academic identities.

Findings
I reconceptualise and illustrate reflexivity as academic identity formation that enables transformative experience and more reflexive academic praxis within a turbulent academic context. Reflexive academic identity formation will resonate with accounting academics who are reflecting on the role and purpose of the accounting academy and their identity within it.

Originality/value
The paper provides a significant contribution into understanding intersubjective reflexivity, by reconceptualising intersubjective reflexivity beyond research and applying it to the identity formation of accounting academics. I identify the process of reflexive identity transformation through active engagement in identity work and emotion work, which transforms academic praxis. I argue for a broader more nuanced and power-laden perspective on reflexivity and academic praxis, which moves us to consider the responsibility of our academic identity and actions as accounting academics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Research funded by Leverhulme Trust Major Fellowship, MRF-2021-084.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reflexivity, Identity, Emotion, Academia, Identity work, Intersubjectivity, Feminism, Gender, Decolonisation
Subjects: N400 Accounting
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 11:30
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2023 11:45
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/51099

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