Entrepreneurship, incongruence and affect: drawing insights from a Swedish anti-racist organization

Parisa Dashtipour, Nick Rumens

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    Abstract

    In recent years, entrepreneurship has been reconceptualised as social change. Understood as such, entrepreneurship can be viewed to disrupt and disturb the social order. We argue in this paper that Foucault’s notion of heterotopia and Lacan’s concepts of the real and anxiety help us to conceptualize the disturbing aspect of entrepreneurship as social change, and understand why the latter may encounter social resistance. Our contribution to critical entrepreneurship literature is to first emphasise that entrepreneurship instigates social change by introducing incongruence, and second, to highlight that this process can be affective: it can create anxiety. The paper uses an illustrative historical case-example of a Swedish anti-racist commercial magazine (Gringo) to elucidate these points. We conclude by pointing out that anxiety may be necessary for the provocation of social transformation.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOrganization
    Early online date8 Aug 2017
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    Publication statusEarly online - 8 Aug 2017

    Keywords

    • affect
    • anxiety
    • critical entrepreneurship studies
    • heterotopias
    • social change
    • the real

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