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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 now be considered 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 her entrepreneurship was 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 not only enable but also hinder change in this community, generating confidence and emotional contagion around entrepreneurship, and also uncertainty and resentment. In doing so, the authors challenge the universality of entrepreneurship benefits.

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

Acceptance Date May 30, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 26, 2018
Publication Date Dec 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 18, 2019
Publisher Emerald
Pages 113-127
Series Title Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship research
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
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-72462018000009A007
Keywords Entrepreneur; Identity; Community; Depleted; Town; Legitimacy
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/249044

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