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Narratives of Enterprise: Crafting Entrepreneurial Self-Identity in a Small Firm

Narratives of Enterprise: Crafting Entrepreneurial Self-Identity in a Small Firm

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Simon Down's timely ethnographic study takes a philosophically reflective and empirically detailed look at the way in which enterprising people use narrative resources to construct their identity as entrepreneurs. The book draws on a wide range of intellectual sources, from naturalistic philosophy and social-psychology to sociology and organizational theory.

Written in a strong narrative style, the book succeeds in making the often complex and inaccessible theories on self-identity easy to understand and convincing in relation to other notions of individual agency. Social aspects of self-identity are examined and elaborated on via the development of concepts such as clichA©s, generations, space and relationships. These concepts are, in turn, drawn from the narrative, temporal, spatial and relational frameworks through which individuals express self-identity. Neither super-heroes nor villains, the case-study entrepreneurs in Narratives of Enterprise emerge as normal people who seek to make sense of the world through their enterprising activity.

Providing a much needed and sophisticated empirical benchmark in a range of debates current in enterprise and organization studies, this highly accessible book is a `must-read' for anyone interested in the intersection of self-identity and the character of the entrepreneur.