My research looks at the social role of accounting. I look at accounting in settings that are often ignored by accounting researchers, such as government programs or organizations like the World Bank, particularly settings where poverty is endemic. This has led me to study topics like old age pensions, homelessness, and Canada’s First Nations, using a variety of qualitative research methods to develop rich data sets. The theories I use are drawn from postmodern social and linguistic theorists. I find these theorists offer a vocabulary for redescribing the taken-for-granted, allowing a new perspective on the many forms of accounting in society.