Ethnic Entrepreneurship in a multicultural context: regional development and the unintended lock-in effects

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Ethnic Entrepreneurship in a multicultural context: regional development and the unintended lock-in effects
Author(s) Brundin, Ethel ; Wigren, Caroline ; Isaacs, Eslyn ; Visser, Kobus
Date 2009
English abstract
This article focuses on South Africa, home country for several ethnic groups. In this article ethnic entrepreneurship refers to people who share a common national background with some shared culture and who perceive themselves, and are perceived by others, as separate (Waldinger et al., 1990; Yinger, 1998). The purpose is to illustrate how the ethnicity-driven laws and directives formed by a government that has 'bought into' the Western discourse of entrepreneurship and a traditional view on ethnic entrepreneurship create lock-in effects on the individual as well as societal levels. By contrasting this view with the view of ethnic groups as social organisations and the thre perspectives of culture as integration, as differentiation and as fragmentation, we fulfil our purpose. The South African context is introduced to the reader and the paper ends with a discussion where the lock-in effects of ethnic entrepreneurship are brought up: institutional factors, loss of knowledge; a subcultural exchange, a transfer of the Western discourse of entrepreneurship and the lack of a Barthian change agent representing the fragmentation perspective.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2009.025692 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business;4
Volume 4
Pages 449-472
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Business Administration
Entrepreneurship
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9323 (link to this page)

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