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Accounting Episodes as Communicative Practice Affecting Cultural Knowledge
Unformatted Document Text:  12 knowledge (or its applicability) was influenced. Accounting episodes, then, can be communicative practice that affects participants’ cultural knowledge in boundaries of speech communities. Not Pursuing Problematic Events In the accounting episodes that I analyzed in the previous section, the participants’ cultural knowledge was affected because they confronted, or were confronted by, others. In many other episodes that informants told me at the interviews, however, they faced problematic events but did not pursue them further. In this section I describe such incidents and consider the reasons and consequences of them. The following excerpt, related by Yoko, a 22-year-old senior, is an example of how the informants could not confront others in problematic situations. Excerpt 4 #J14 (Yoko) pp. 22-23 I: Have you had an experience where you lent something to someone and then that person broke it, lost it, or didn’t return it to you? Y: I had an experience where I lent someone a book but she didn’t give it back to me.... That was the book I had used in the class I had taken before. We can sell books after finishing taking a class, right? So I was like, “You could keep it during this semester. Will you give it back to me after that?” But she didn’t give it back to me. Every time I saw her I couldn’t say it, I don’t know why but I was overwhelmed. I: Really? So you couldn’t say anything to her? And she didn’t say anything to you? Y: She didn’t say anything. I: You didn’t get it back after all? Y: I couldn’t. Maybe she sold it. It’s same with money. If she is a good person, she would return it to me. But if I don’t say anything, she wouldn’t. I: How is it compared with situations in Japan? Y: If you borrow money in Japan, you give it back, right? And it would be easier to say [in Japanese].

Authors: Kotani, Mariko.
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knowledge (or its applicability) was influenced. Accounting
episodes, then, can be communicative practice that affects
participants’ cultural knowledge in boundaries of speech
communities.
Not Pursuing Problematic Events
In the accounting episodes that I analyzed in the previous
section, the participants’ cultural knowledge was affected
because they confronted, or were confronted by, others. In many
other episodes that informants told me at the interviews,
however, they faced problematic events but did not pursue them
further. In this section I describe such incidents and consider
the reasons and consequences of them.
The following excerpt, related by Yoko, a 22-year-old
senior, is an example of how the informants could not confront
others in problematic situations.
Excerpt 4 #J14 (Yoko) pp. 22-23
I:
Have you had an experience where you lent something
to someone and then that person broke it, lost it,
or didn’t return it to you?
Y:
I had an experience where I lent someone a book but
she didn’t give it back to me.... That was the book
I had used in the class I had taken before. We can
sell books after finishing taking a class, right?
So I was like, “You could keep it during this
semester. Will you give it back to me after that?”
But she didn’t give it back to me. Every time I saw
her I couldn’t say it, I don’t know why but I was
overwhelmed.
I:
Really? So you couldn’t say anything to her? And
she didn’t say anything to you?
Y:
She didn’t say anything.
I: You didn’t get it back after all?
Y: I couldn’t. Maybe she sold it. It’s same with money.
If she is a good person, she would return it to me.
But if I don’t say anything, she wouldn’t.
I:
How is it compared with situations in Japan?
Y:
If you borrow money in Japan, you give it back,
right? And it would be easier to say [in Japanese].


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