Gender and Entrepreneurship: An Ethnographic Approach

1st Edition

Attila Bruni, Silvia Gheraradi, Barbara Poggio

Routledge
Published October 7, 2008
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415486590 - CAT# Y100851
Series: Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

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Summary

Entrepreneurship can be read as a cultural and economic phenomenon. In recent times, gender has become an increasing influence on entrepreneurship. This groundbreaking new study considers both gender and entrepreneurship as symbolic forms, looking at their diverse patterns and social representation. Presenting an ethnographic study of the gender structuring of entrepreneurship, this work employs three strategies:
A critical survey of gender studies which argues that entrepreneurship is a cultural model of masculinity that obstructs the expression of other models;
'Reflexive' ethnographic observation conducted in five small firms which describes how business cultures are 'gendered' and how gender is the product of a social practice;
An analysis of how discursive and narrative practices in business cultures constitute gender and entrepreneurship.

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