Title: The return of paper prophets a social critique of mainstream accounting: up-to-dated by Professor Sy

Authors: Aida Sy; Tony Tinker

Addresses: Critical Accounting Projects Inc., 77 Bleecker Street, Suite 305W, New York, New York 10012, USA ' Department of Accountancy. Baruch College at the City University of New York, Box B12:225, One Bernard Baruch Way, New York, NY 10010, USA

Abstract: The African Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance extends its scope to publishing work that deals with general classical theories. AJAAF has published the contribution of Professor Abraham Briloff. In the same spirit, the editor of the journal has considered Professor Tinker's PAPERS PROPHETS. The chapter chosen is an introduction to the Tinker's book. The book is concerned with explaining the most complex problems of the accounting profession. Accounting cannot be explained without its social elements. These include, but not limited to, the historical background of human organisations. Who is familiar with Tinker's writings understands that he is a Marxist. What matters most to Karl Marx is history, as it explains the complex connections in the struggles that underline capitalism. The paper has been updated to include the origins of accounting and bookkeeping in Africa.

Keywords: accounting profession; accounting theories; bookkeeping; history; Karl Marx.

DOI: 10.1504/AJAAF.2014.068187

African Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, 2014 Vol.3 No.3, pp.171 - 178

Available online: 19 Mar 2015 *

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