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A Bourdieuan analysis of qualitative authorship in entrepreneurship scholarship.

Drakopoulou-Dodd, Sarah; McDonald, Seonaidh; McElwee, Gerard; Smith, Robert


Sarah Drakopoulou-Dodd

Seonaidh McDonald

Gerard McElwee

Robert Smith


Empirically, this study builds on responses from leading qualitative entrepreneurship scholars. We carry out a Bourdieuan analysis of the field of entrepreneurship scholarship-particularly heterodox qualitative writing-and the way that scholars learn to play this game (habitus). It discusses unchallenged assumptions (doxa), commitment to shared stakes (illusio), the practice to achieve these stakes (practice), and the struggle for glories and riches (capital). By deploying Bourdieu's frame, we have been able to expose key processes, structures, and relationships within qualitative entrepreneurship authorship. These offer four types of practical outcomes: guidance for good practice; insights into emotional aspects of authorship; warnings of potentially dysfunctional practices; and a celebration of our successes.


DRAKOPOULOU-DODD, S., MCDONALD, S., MCELWEE, G. and SMITH, R. 2014. A Bourdieuan analysis of qualitative authorship in entrepreneurship scholarship. Journal of small business management [online], 52(4), pages 633-654. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 15, 2014
Online Publication Date Aug 15, 2014
Publication Date Oct 31, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2016
Journal Journal of small business management
Print ISSN 0047-2778
Electronic ISSN 1540-627X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 4
Pages 633-654
Keywords Bourdieuan analysis; Authorship; Entrepreneurship
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