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Belonging and women entrepreneurs: women's navigation of gendered assumptions in entrepreneurial practice

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/02/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>International Small Business Journal
Issue number1
Volume35
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)61-77
Publication statusPublished
Early online date27/07/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article is novel in proposing belonging as a mediatory and explanatory concept to better understand the relationship between women entrepreneurs and socially embedded gendered assumptions in entrepreneurial practice. Drawing on social theories of belonging and extant entrepreneurial literature, the article explores what belonging involves for women in the entrepreneurial context to offer a conceptualisation of entrepreneurial belonging as relational, dynamic, gendered and in continual accomplishment. Five forms of women’s performing of belonging are identified: by proxy, concealment, modelling the norm, tempered disruption and identity-switching. Illustrating how women both reinforce and challenge gendered norms through strategic and tempered use of legitimacy practices and identity work, these findings also highlight the significance of socio-cultural and political knowledge in efforts to belong.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the journal, International Small Business Journal, 35 (1), 2017, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the International Small Business Journal page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/isb on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/