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Entrepreneurship under patriarchy: the intersecting forces characterising everyday life for Nigeria's women entrepreneurs.

Onoshakpor, Chioma; Cunningham, James; Gammie, Elizabeth

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Nigeria presents something of an entrepreneurial paradox. Women in entrepreneurship dominate the economy, yet patriarchal structures dominate society. This article investigates how patriarchal factors impact entrepreneurial processes, in turn, creating unequal expectations of entrepreneurial opportunity. The study adopts an intersectionality lens to explore how patriarchy is manifest for entrepreneurs. The reflective narratives of 30 entrepreneurs are analysed, provided through semi-structured interviews. An inductive qualitative approach accesses the gendered discourse of entrepreneurship as constructed by entrepreneurs. Within this discourse, the factors of patriarchy are exposed. Findings reveal a multi-faceted patriarchy, with the informing factors of entrepreneurial gender roles, class and religion. The study explains how the interaction of these factors reinforce patriarchal ideals and create a variety of gendered images of what is acceptable entrepreneurial activity in Nigeria, and for whom. This study contributes to growing insight on entrepreneurship in Africa and challenges linear arguments of entrepreneurship-as-emancipation for women. In complex and multidimensional contexts, entrepreneurs must navigate the intersection of factors sensitively, ensuring acceptance and fulfilment of societal expectations. The power of intersectionality as a theory of contextualisation is discussed.

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ONOSHAKPOR, C., CUNNINGHAM, J. and GAMMIE, E. [2024]. Entrepreneurship under patriarchy: the intersecting forces characterising everyday life for Nigeria's women entrepreneurs. International journal of entrepreneurial behavior and research [online], EarlyCite. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-04-2023-0334

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 18, 2024
Online Publication Date May 14, 2024
Deposit Date Apr 23, 2024
Publicly Available Date May 22, 2024
Journal International journal of entrepreneurial behavior and research
Print ISSN 1355-2554
Electronic ISSN 1758-6534
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-04-2023-0334
Keywords Women entrepreneurs; Entrepreneurship; Patriarchy; Women and society; Nigeria
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2307803

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