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Vale: Emeritus Professor Michael J. R. Gaffikin (1944–2017)

Journal Article


Abstract


  • When Michael Gaffikin died earlier this year the epistemic community of Critical Perspectives lost one of its best. We lost

    a scholar, a colleague and a friend. In this vale I speak of Michael hesitantly, because I really want to speak with him. After

    much reflection I decided I would do both. I start off referring to Michael as a scholar and finally as our friend. Michael was a

    formidable scholar in a range of areas especially research methodology (for example Gaffikin, 1988), critical theory (for

    example Lodh & Gaffikin, 1997) and accounting history (for example Gaffikin, 2011). I am reluctant to mention the number of

    refereed publications and books he had written as this quantification would be an anathema to him. Instead I will focus on

    the enduring theme of his work which also speaks of Michael as a scholar. At the risk of being reductionist, I think his

    scholarship is evident in his paper “Twenty-one years of critical resistance – almost: A reflection” (Gaffikin, 2009). Michael

    was as much at ease discussing Plato and Kant as he was with discussing Foucault or Nietzsche, and he found resonance with

    contemporary theorists such as Hoy (Gaffikin, 2009). In discussing critical resistance against an oppressive force or a form of

    emancipation he questioned whether there has been any effective resistance (Gaffikin, 2009). He referred to our “very

    troubled world” (Gaffikin 2009, p 269) and lamented the persistence and dominance of mainstream methodology and its

    neo-empiricist and capital markets research regimes. Michael argued that “(c)onsequently, accounting is an unintellectual

    craft” (p 270). Despite this lament, he also wrote

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Kaidonis, M. (2017). Vale: Emeritus Professor Michael J. R. Gaffikin (1944–2017). Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 46 1-2.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85030572373

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 2

Volume


  • 46

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • When Michael Gaffikin died earlier this year the epistemic community of Critical Perspectives lost one of its best. We lost

    a scholar, a colleague and a friend. In this vale I speak of Michael hesitantly, because I really want to speak with him. After

    much reflection I decided I would do both. I start off referring to Michael as a scholar and finally as our friend. Michael was a

    formidable scholar in a range of areas especially research methodology (for example Gaffikin, 1988), critical theory (for

    example Lodh & Gaffikin, 1997) and accounting history (for example Gaffikin, 2011). I am reluctant to mention the number of

    refereed publications and books he had written as this quantification would be an anathema to him. Instead I will focus on

    the enduring theme of his work which also speaks of Michael as a scholar. At the risk of being reductionist, I think his

    scholarship is evident in his paper “Twenty-one years of critical resistance – almost: A reflection” (Gaffikin, 2009). Michael

    was as much at ease discussing Plato and Kant as he was with discussing Foucault or Nietzsche, and he found resonance with

    contemporary theorists such as Hoy (Gaffikin, 2009). In discussing critical resistance against an oppressive force or a form of

    emancipation he questioned whether there has been any effective resistance (Gaffikin, 2009). He referred to our “very

    troubled world” (Gaffikin 2009, p 269) and lamented the persistence and dominance of mainstream methodology and its

    neo-empiricist and capital markets research regimes. Michael argued that “(c)onsequently, accounting is an unintellectual

    craft” (p 270). Despite this lament, he also wrote

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Kaidonis, M. (2017). Vale: Emeritus Professor Michael J. R. Gaffikin (1944–2017). Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 46 1-2.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85030572373

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 2

Volume


  • 46

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom