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No choices, no chances: how contemporary enterprise culture is failing Britain's underclasses.

Smith, Robert; Air, Carol

Authors

Robert Smith

Carol Air



Abstract

Despite an increasing interest in minority entrepreneurship in recent years, the issue of underclass entrepreneurship and its linkages to enterprise culture remain under-researched. In this article, the authors examine chavs as an indigenous British underclass. Using data gathered from an Internet search and newspaper cuttings, they examine how this silent stereotyped and socially constructed minority is presented as dangerous and unemployable. In the process, they uncover hidden links between the underclass and enterprise culture, and analyse how entrepreneurship can help such minorities to achieve inclusivity via consideration of role theory and the power of narrative in initiating social transformation. This framework helps us to understand how it is possible to direct young, disadvantaged individuals towards an entrepreneurial career path via self-employment. The paper raises intriguing issues relating to youth employment and tells the story of how contemporary enterprise culture is failing one of Britain's silent minorities.

Citation

SMITH, R. and AIR, C. 2012. No choices, no chances: how contemporary enterprise culture is failing Britain's underclasses. International journal of entrepreneurship and innovation [online], 13(2), pages 103-113. Available from: https://doi.org/10.5367/ijei.2012.0075

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 1, 2012
Online Publication Date May 1, 2012
Publication Date May 1, 2012
Deposit Date Aug 31, 2012
Publicly Available Date Aug 31, 2012
Journal International journal of entrepreneurship and innovation
Print ISSN 1465-7503
Electronic ISSN 2043-6882
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 103-113
DOI https://doi.org/10.5367/ijei.2012.0075
Keywords Minorities; Enterprise culture; Criminal entrepreneurship; Youth entrepreneurship; Underclass entrepreneurship
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/748

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