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New directions in the anthropology of entrepreneurship: beyond social embeddedness 
Joost Beuving (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Juliette Koning (Maastricht University)
Michiel Verver (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
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Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel looks for new, anthropological understandings of entrepreneurship, especially those foregrounding how the social embeddedness of entrepreneurial behaviour and homo economicus as a folk model point to interconnected realities, situated in the same movement of economic action.

Long Abstract:

This panel looks for new, anthropologically informed understandings of entrepreneurship. Such new understandings are urgently needed as the tide of global capitalism with its promise of sustainable growth and inclusive mass prosperity remains regrettably elusive. Outside of anthropology, the popular image of homo economicus prevails: the observant, opportunistic individual or firm exploiting business opportunity by weighing costs against benefits. Economic anthropology sought to deconstruct this image as an unwelcome colonisation of ethnographic realities by textbook economics. As an alternative interpretation it posits that entrepreneurial behaviour is embedded in socially instituted practices, relations and rituals. Whereas the embeddedness ontology enriches anthropological thinking, it also grapples with the fact that, as a folk model, homo economicus is far from dead: the image of entrepreneurship as rational action appears to inspire entrepreneurs across the globe. To relieve the resulting epistemic tension, the panel links up with a recent, productive turn in economic anthropology positing that rational action and social embeddedness point to interconnected realities, situated in the same movement of economic action. Within this realm, the panel is open to contributions on a variety of manifestations, locations, and interpretations of what is usefully included in the domain of entrepreneurship from an anthropological perspective.

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -