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Power as practice: A Micro-sociological Analysis of the Dynamics of Emancipatory Entrepreneurship

Goss, D, Jones, R, Latham, J and Betta, M (2011) Power as practice: A Micro-sociological Analysis of the Dynamics of Emancipatory Entrepreneurship Organization Studies, 32 (2). 211 - 229. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

This paper contributes to a recent movement to reframe entrepreneurship theory into a more critical and reflexive mode. It builds on the processual notion of entrepreneuring-asemancipation to theorise a balanced conception of agency and constraint rooted in the notion of power rituals. We develop a micro-sociological analysis of power rituals that conceives power reproduction and entrenchment as a ‘practice-based’ activity that focuses on what power holders and subordinates concretely do, think and feel. This makes emotion a key dimension of entrepreneurial agency and redefines constraining barriers to agency in terms of a social process of ‘barring’. This novel approach is illustrated using an autobiographical account of a social entrepreneurship project. On the basis of this analysis, a number of insights are provided into the ways in which the power-as-practice approach can inform wider debates in organization studies where the notions of agency and constraint are linked to issues of power and resistance.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Surrey Business School
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 12:47
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:48
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/7468

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