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). pp. 211-229.
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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.
|Divisions :||Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School|
|Date :||February 2011|
|Identification Number :||https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840610397471|
|Depositing User :||Symplectic Elements|
|Date Deposited :||20 Feb 2012 12:47|
|Last Modified :||23 Sep 2013 18:48|
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