Economics, Finance, Business & Industry || Business & Management
Gender and Entrepreneurship -An Ethnographic Approach
Author: Attila Bruni, Silvia Gheraradi, Barbara Poggio
Illustrations : 8 line figures, 7 tables
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-69889-4
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-69889-1
No of pages : 240
eBook Price : $44.95
Originally Published : 19 Nov 2004
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, the work a 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.
Gender and Entrepreneurship is essential reading for postgraduate students, researchers and academics with an interest in entrepreneurship, business and management, innovation economics and gender studies.
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Table of contents : Acknowledgements
INTRODUCTION: Gender and entrepreneurship as entwined practices
CHAPTER ONE: How a gender approach to entrepreneurship differs from the study of women entrepreneurs
1.2 Women entrepreneurs: the victims of gendered research practices
1.3 Feminist organizations and the women's standpoint
1.4 Can we do differently?
CHAPTER TWO: Gender as a social practice, entrepreneurship as a form of masculinity: a theoretical framework
2.1 Gender: a situated performance in the intersections between bodies, discourses and practices
2.2 Making masculinity (in)visible
2.3 The symbolics of masculinities: entrepreneurship as a form of masculinity
CHAPTER THREE: Doing and saying gender: a methodological framework
3.1 Reflexive ethnography: from the 'red notebook' to the 'toolbox'
3.2 The research context, data collection and data analysis
CHAPTER FOUR: Company ethnographies: the gendering of entrepreneurship and the enterprising of gender
4.1 Asie Welders
4.2 Asie Welders: an anti-heroic story
4.3 Erba Shirts
4.4 Erba Shirts: an ordinary case of entrepreneurship
4.5 Frau Kitchens
4.6 Frau Kitches: a matter of honour?
4.7 LeCò Fashion
4.8 LeCò: between tradition and innovation
4.9 Atlantis Magazine
4.10 Atlantis: does heterosexuality matter?
CHAPTER FIVE: Gender and entrepreneurship as discursive practice
5.1 The 'ingredients' of entrepreneurship: risk, money, innovation and gender neutrality
5.2 Constructing gender through risk, money and innovation
5.3 A 'normal' woman entrepreneur?
5.4 Narrating entrepreneurship and gender
CHAPTER SIX: 'Doing family' while doing gender and business: concluding remarks
Appendix: Ethnography of practices and ethnographic practice