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Considerations on the biographical embeddedness of ethnic entrepreneurship

Maria Kontos

in Biographical methods and professional practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344939
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.003.0004
Considerations on the biographical embeddedness of ethnic entrepreneurship

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This chapter explores the motivation and also the ‘biographical resources’ among successful self-employed minority women. The first part of the chapter argues that the concept of resources underlying self-employment policies targeted at the unemployed should be extended to consider motivation. The second part presents the analysis of three contrasting biographical case studies to show biographical processes by which motivation may be mobilised as a resource. The emergent structure of motivation is that of realising ‘unlived-life’ possibilities, allied to a struggle for recognition. In these case studies, both the stage of immigration — whether first or second generation — and gender are key dimensions.

Keywords: motivation; biographical resources; self-employed minority women; self-employment policies; biographical case studies; biographical processes; stage of immigration; gender

Chapter.  6483 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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