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Title: Observing community-based entrepreneurship and social networking at play in an urban village setting.
Authors: Smith, Robert
Keywords: Economic sociology
Economic geography
Social entrepreneurship
Social networking
Community-based entrepreneurship
Urban villages
Planned change
Business dynamism
Social activities
Natural processes
Organic processes
Socio-cultural factors
Social metrics
Monocultural enclaves
Middle classes
Entrepreneurial processes
Naturally occuring environments
Entrepreneurial identity
Social constructs
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Inderscience.
Citation: SMITH, R., 2011. Observing community-based entrepreneurship and social networking at play in an urban village setting. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 12 (1), pp. 62-81.
Abstract: Entrepreneurship as a manifestation of change is vital in terms of jobs and business dynamism. However, entrepreneurship as a social activity occurs in time and space and is seen as a natural, organic process. We assume this change will occur naturally, but this can be interrupted by planned change. This observational study examines the influence of socio-cultural factors on the evolution of community-based entrepreneurial activity in an urban village setting using the social metrics of home, habitus and habituation to examine how this activity develops within a planned monocultural middle class enclave. Studying social entrepreneurship in a fixed social setting permits us to investigate the embededdness of the entrepreneurial process in a naturally occurring environment. When the natural order is interrupted, entrepreneurial activity becomes disjointed and finds new avenues of emergence as community-based entrepreneurial activity in which business is facilitated by social networking and entrepreneurial identity is socially constructed through play.
ISSN: 1741-8054
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