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Provoking identities: Entrepreneurship and emerging identity positions in rural development
Stockholm University.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management.
2016 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN 0898-5626, E-ISSN 1464-5114, Vol. 28, no 1-2, 76-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses entrepreneurship in a depleted community in transition. The purpose is to develop knowledge about how discourses are used in the positioning of identity in regional development. The concept positioning illustrates how identities are provoked, challenged, negotiated and moved into identity positions that break away from the idea of imitating successful and wealthy regions; instead, locality, place and history emerge as important resources from where local actors obtain agency and recognize new opportunities. Ethnographic data of a single case were collected over a six-year period between 2005 and 2010. The longitudinal nature of the study made it possible to incorporate how local stakeholders took on new identity positions, while handling their inspiration as well as their frustration. Results show how rural change was conditioned by discourses and how entrepreneurship challenged and reframed dominating structures through interaction between entrepreneurship and community. Four discourses, expressed as dichotomies available to people in this depleted community, illustrate the interactive process of positioning: change vs. traditions, rational vs. irrational, spectacular vs. mundane and individual vs. collective. The results support research emphasizing perspectives that acknowledge interaction between entrepreneurship and context as well as discursive aspects of regional development.

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Routledge, 2016. Vol. 28, no 1-2, 76-96 p.
Keyword [en]
Context, positioning, place, rural development, discourse
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-176097DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2015.1109002ISI: 000368689000004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84955341516OAI: diva2:866104

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Available from: 2015-10-30 Created: 2015-10-30 Last updated: 2016-02-18Bibliographically approved

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