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Accountability and ethnicity in a religious setting: the Salvation Army in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden

Abstract : The dissertation purports to address how everyday conduct reflects influences of ethnicity on accountability practices.

Accounting is treated as a discursive system in which individuals speak about themselves in terms of asset-liability, debit-credit, income, value. Thence, I am purporting to understand how ethnically driven parishes appropriate their congregation accountability spirituality to render accounts to God.

To answer this question, I conducted an ethnomethodological study of the Salvation Army in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden, where White French, Haitians, Congolese (Brazzaville and Kinshasa), German-Swiss, WASPS, Zimbabweans and Vikings were observed.

The thesis arrives at three styles of accountability revealing differentiated ethnic influences: full covenant, partial covenant and blank covenant. In the three styles, accountability appears as a system whereby the expectations of a Higher-Stakeholder are approximated by managers, intermediary stakeholders and individuals through everyday life practices.
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Joannides Vassili. Accountability and ethnicity in a religious setting: the Salvation Army in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Business administration. Université Paris Dauphine - Paris IX, 2009. English. ⟨tel-00401741⟩

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