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Observing community-based entrepreneurship and social networking at play in an urban village setting.

Smith, Robert

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Robert Smith



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.

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 [online], 12(1), pages 62-81. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2011.037340

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2011
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2011
Publication Date Mar 31, 2011
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2011
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, 2011
Journal International journal of entrepreneurship and small business
Print ISSN 1476-1297
Electronic ISSN 1741-8054
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 1
Pages 62-81
DOI https://doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2011.037340
Keywords Economic sociology; Economic geography; Social entrepreneurship; Social networking; Community based entrepreneurship; Urban villages; Planned change; Jobs; Employment; Business dynamism; Cities; Social activities; Natural processes; Organic processes; Soc
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/689

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