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Resistance and change in a depleted community: personal, pragmatic and paradoxical.

Warren, Lorraine; Anderson, Alistair R.; Bensemann, Jo

Authors

Lorraine Warren

Alistair R. Anderson

Jo Bensemann



Contributors

David Higgins
Editor

Paul Jones
Editor

Pauric McGowan
Editor

Abstract

In this chapter, the authors explore entrepreneurial change in Stanton, a rural small town in New Zealand. This once prosperous place has suffered economically and socially as its past core industries have vanished, and it can be considered now as a depleted community. Yet in recent years, the town has seen a rejuvenation, in part due to the endeavours of Sue, a high profile entrepreneur from outside the town who has set up several businesses in the town and indeed in other small towns in the region. Theoretically, the authors take an entrepreneurial identity perspective in examining how Sue's arrival has changed the town; the authors examine how was her entrepreneurship perceived as legitimate. The authors use a qualitative methodology based on semi-structured interviews. The authors contribute in demonstrating how an ascribed entrepreneurial identity can enable but also hinder change in this community, generating confidence and emotional contagion around entrepreneurship, but also uncertainty and resentment. In doing so, the authors challenge the universality of entrepreneurship benefits.

Publication Date Dec 10, 2018
Publisher Emerald
Pages 113-127
Series Title Creating entrepreneurial space
Series Number 9A
Series ISSN 2040-7246
Book Title Creating entrepreneurial space: talking through multi-voices, reflections on emerging debates
Chapter Number Chapter 7
ISBN 9781787563728
Institution Citation WARREN, L., ANDERSON, A.R. and BENSEMANN, J. 2018. Resistance and change in a depleted community: personal, pragmatic and paradoxical. In Higgins, D., Jones, P. and McGowan, P. (eds.) Creating entrepreneurial space: talking through multi-voices, reflections on emerging debates. Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship research, 9A. Bingley: Emerald [online], chapter 7, pages 113-127. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-72462018000009A007
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-72462018000009A007
Keywords Entrepreneur; Identity; Community; Depleted; Town; Legitimacy

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