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Margins of intervention?: Gender, Bourdieu and women’s regional entrepreneurial networks

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/03/2024
<mark>Journal</mark>Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Issue number3-4
Number of pages34
Pages (from-to)209-242
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date8/01/24
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this paper, we apply a feminist interpretation and an extension of Bourdieu’s theory of practice to explore the gap in our understanding between gender gap issues – the institutionalized and structural inequalities that underpin the differential access to resources by women and men – and women business owners. Drawing on an interpretivist analysis of the lived experience of women entrepreneurs who were members of women-only or open-to-all formal entrepreneurship networks, we examine their enculturation and the strategies they employ to be deemed credible players in the field. We conclude that women-only formal entrepreneurship networks have had a limited impact on helping these women overcome the isolating and individualizing effects of a gendered entrepreneurial field. Despite the promise of familiarization with and sensitization to the field, women-only formal entrepreneurship networks only serve to perpetuate and reproduce the embedded masculinity of the entrepreneurship domain in the absence of appropriate activating mechanisms or ‘margins of intervention’.