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Emancipation through digital entrepreneurship? A critical realist analysis

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posted on 04.04.2018, 13:57 by Angela Martinez Dy, Lee Martin, Susan Marlow
Digital entrepreneurship is presented in popular discourse as a means to empowerment and greater economic participation for under-resourced and socially marginalised people. However, this emancipatory rhetoric relies on a flat ontology that does not sufficiently consider the enabling conditions needed for successful digital enterprise activity. To empirically illustrate this argument, we examine three paired cases of UK women digital entrepreneurs, operating in similar sectors but occupying contrasting social positionalities. The cases are comparatively analysed through an intersectional feminist lens using a critical realist methodological framework. By examining the relationships between digital entrepreneurship, social positionality, and structural and agential enabling conditions, we interrogate the notion of digital entrepreneurship as an emancipatory phenomenon producing liberated workers.

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  • Loughborough University London

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Organization

Citation

MARTINEZ DY, A., MARTIN, L. and MARLOW, S., 2018. Emancipation through digital entrepreneurship? A critical realist analysis. Organization, 25(5), pp. 585-608.

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SAGE Publications © The Authors

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

27/02/2018

Publication date

2018

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Organization and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508418777891

ISSN

1350-5084

eISSN

1461-7323

Language

en