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Hurricane Katrina: exploring justice and fairness as a sociology of common good(s)

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Disasters or crises present opportunities to challenge society’s taken-for-granted

    assumptions about the order of things. This paper applies the sociology of worth

    (SOW), as detailed by Boltanski & Thévenot, ([1991] 2006), to conceptualize the ‘common

    good’ in complex social situations or disputes, in this case a disaster. We use SOW to

    construct a narrative of Hurricane Katrina according to a nuanced understanding of

    disruptions to the social order. Previous accounting studies of disasters have demonstrated

    how accounts play a pivotal role in defining questions of justice and accountability – to

    whom and for what? SOW provides a framework to accommodate multiple rationalities

    and experiences in relation to a particular ‘situation’. We argue that the common good,

    evaluated through logic and reasoning within a ‘situation’ or social reality, is multiple. This

    study contributes to our understanding of and making visible the contentions,

    compromises and conflicts that arise from a disaster and mobilize neglected or hidden

    accounts of what it means to achieve the common good.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Perkiss, S. & Moerman, L. (2017). Hurricane Katrina: exploring justice and fairness as a sociology of common good(s). Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Online first 1-15.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85035360591

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1363

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • Online first

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Disasters or crises present opportunities to challenge society’s taken-for-granted

    assumptions about the order of things. This paper applies the sociology of worth

    (SOW), as detailed by Boltanski & Thévenot, ([1991] 2006), to conceptualize the ‘common

    good’ in complex social situations or disputes, in this case a disaster. We use SOW to

    construct a narrative of Hurricane Katrina according to a nuanced understanding of

    disruptions to the social order. Previous accounting studies of disasters have demonstrated

    how accounts play a pivotal role in defining questions of justice and accountability – to

    whom and for what? SOW provides a framework to accommodate multiple rationalities

    and experiences in relation to a particular ‘situation’. We argue that the common good,

    evaluated through logic and reasoning within a ‘situation’ or social reality, is multiple. This

    study contributes to our understanding of and making visible the contentions,

    compromises and conflicts that arise from a disaster and mobilize neglected or hidden

    accounts of what it means to achieve the common good.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Perkiss, S. & Moerman, L. (2017). Hurricane Katrina: exploring justice and fairness as a sociology of common good(s). Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Online first 1-15.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85035360591

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1363

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • Online first

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom