In this paper we propose conceiving SE as the discursive construction by different set of actors related to SE. Through a qualitative study, we will take discursive framings of SE by powerful intermediary institutions as a starting point and analyze how these construction are interpreted by social entrepreneurs through identity work. Our results show that in most instances identity work is characterized by a playful involvement with SE framings and a simultaneous seduction by the discourse. At the same time results point at the current limits of SE and show under what conditions actors reject SE as an identity template.
Against the backdrop of a multitude of unsolved social and ecological problems, a rising discontent with solutions provided by state and traditional civil society organizations, general managerial tendencies within the third sector, as well as empty government coffers, social entrepreneurship (SE) is heralded as a promising alternative (Dey & Steyaert, 2010) of how to tackle societal problems. Until know theoretical/conceptual discussions around defining the kernel of SE have dominated the academic debate. This paper takes a different starting point, by conceiving SE as a discursive process and looking at how different sets of actors discursively construct such conceptions of SE.
16 Nov. 2017 → 18 Nov. 2017
ARNOVA 46th Annual Conference
Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)