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

Dashtipour, Parisa and Rumens, Nick (2018) Entrepreneurship, incongruence and affect: drawing insights from a Swedish anti-racist organisation. Organization, 25 (2). pp. 223-241. ISSN 1350-5084

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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 22064
Notes on copyright: Dashtipour, Parisa and Rumens, Nick (2017) Entrepreneurship, incongruence and affect: drawing insights from a Swedish anti-racist organization. Organization. (Vol 25, Issue 2) pp. 223-241. Copyright © 2017 (The Authors). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Depositing User: Parisa Dashtipour
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 09:46
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 09:42
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22064

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