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Will business ownership support gender equality?
Jönköping University.
Stockholm university.
Nordregio, Stockholm.
Linköping university.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0130-4407
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Current Swedish as well as international policy advocates an increase inwomen’s business ownership. The reasons center around economic growth:women start businesses at a lower rate than men, and are therefore seen asan untapped resource in stagnant economies. Busienss ownership is advo-cated as a viable alternative to unemployment. Women’s business owner-ship is further seen as instrumental in the neo-liberal transformation of thepublic sector, with privatization of former public commitments in educa-tion and care. In developing countries the arguments center around pov-erty alleviation – help to self-help is advocated. Feminist arguments suchas equal distribution of power and influence among men and women arelargely absent, and a discussion of the allocation of unpaid, domestic workbetween men and women is also absent. The discussion on entrepreneur-ship and the discussion on feminism seem to live side by side, with littleexchange between them. Neither feminist theory, nor extant entrepreneur-ship theory adequately account for feminist agency and activism within aglobalized market economy, in which discourses of entrepreneurship, in-novation and economic growth take precedence. Doing so would implychallenges of and developments of concepts like enterprise, gender, growth,competition, agency, feminist activism and gender equality. In this paperwe seek to bridge and combine feminist and entrepreneurship theories innew ways. We suggest a feminist theoretical understanding of current dis-courses, practices and policies regarding entrepreneurship and women’sentrepreneurship.

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2012.
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Business Administration
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Economy, Business administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-64138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-64138DiVA, id: diva2:1097180
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G12 Nationell konferens för genusforskning i Göteborg 28-30 November 2012
Available from: 2013-01-06 Created: 2017-05-22 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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