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Responsibilising the next generation: Fostering the enterprising self through de-mobilising gender
Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4663-9913
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5479-2563
2017 (English)In: Organization, ISSN 1350-5084, Vol. 34, no 6, p. 892-915Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, our interest is in what subjectivities are fostered among schoolchildren through the recent introduction of entrepreneurship initiatives in primary and secondary school. The educational terrain is but one example where entrepreneurship has been discursively transformed during recent decades from the notion of starting businesses into a general approach to life itself in the advancement of neoliberal societies. The inherently elitist and excluding position of the entrepreneurial subject is now offered to all and sundry. While entrepreneurship pedagogy is explicitly intended to be gender neutral and inclusive of all such identities traditionally suppressed in the entrepreneurship discourse, we ask what kind of enterprising selves are mobilised and de-mobilised here. Second, in what way are these seemingly ‘gender-neutral’ enterprising selves gendered? Our analysis of three recent and dominating entrepreneurial initiatives in the Swedish school system emphasises the need for activation, performativity and responsibility. The analysis also shows that gender is indeed silenced in these initiatives but is at the same time productive through being subtly present in the promotion of a ‘neo-masculine’, active, technology-oriented and responsible subject. Entrepreneurship is presented as being equally available for all and something everyone should aspire to, yet the initiatives still sustain the suppression and marginalisation of women and femininities. The initiatives specifically promote a responsible and adaptive masculine subject position while notions of rebellious entrepreneurship and non-entrepreneurial domestic positions are mobilised out of the picture.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 34, no 6, p. 892-915
Keywords [en]
Entrepreneurship education, enterprising self, gender, neoliberalism
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Business Administration
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Industrial Economics and Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-205596DOI: 10.1177/1350508417697379ISI: 000414478600009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85032818341OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-205596DiVA, id: diva2:1089436
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Available from: 2017-04-19 Created: 2017-04-19 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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