Affirmative action, race and accounting in an emerging economy

Nandan, Ruvendra K. (2004) Affirmative action, race and accounting in an emerging economy. In: Proceedings of ASBBS 7th International Conference. pp. 691-709. From: ASBBS 7th International Conference, 6 - 7 August 2004, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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The main concern in this paper is to examine ways in which accounting related issues authenticated racial discourse in Fiji. It argues that affirmative action policies implemented through state's annual budgetary allocations facilitate production and reproduction of racial tensions. Drawing upon Fijian experiences in historical context, the paper explains how affirmative action, race and accounting are entwined. Three case illustrations are provided to demonstrate the unintended consequences of race-based affirmative action initiatives in Fiji. The paper concludes with the argument that affirmative action policies in Fiji stigmatise Fijians by implying that they are 'lazy' and 'incompetent' which further deteriorates race relations.

Item ID: 14738
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-646-43717-0
Keywords: capitalism; colonialism; emerging economy; Fijians; Indo-Fijians; State budgetary allocations
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2010 01:46
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150104 International Accounting @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare @ 100%
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