Narrative and Discursive Approaches in Entrepreneurship

Narrative and Discursive Approaches in Entrepreneurship

A Second Movements in Entrepreneurship Book

Edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert

This is the second volume in a mini-series on movements in entrepreneurship. It aims to forward the study of entrepreneurship by stimulating and exploring new ideas and research practices in relation to new themes, theories, methods, pragmatic stances and contexts. The book explores different experiences and accounts of entrepreneurship, as well as reflections on ‘story telling’ in entrepreneurship research, discursive studies, and debates on how to interpret narrative and discursive work.

Chapter 2: A moment in time

Sami Boutaiba

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, research methods in business and management, research methods, qualitative research methods, research methods in business and management


Sami Boutaiba THE WAY OF BECOMING This chapter has it that life be understood as a becoming process. It is normative and political both in the sense that understanding life as a becoming process privileges a moving dialogue between human beings. This way of entering an understanding of any kind of social life is heavily influenced by the writings of Bakhtin (1981, 1984, 1986, 1993) and Morson (1994) who also depicts his own work as Bakhtinian (ibid., p. 5). In what follows, I will elaborate upon some of the central concerns of literary philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin in order to clarify the conceptual framework that has informed my understanding of the first approximately one and a half years of YalaYala’s existence as a company. I see no better way of entering the work of Bakhtin than the following quote that has been translated by Morson and Emerson (1990) from a Russian text:5 One must not, however, imagine the realm of culture as some sort of spatial whole, having boundaries but also having internal territory: it is entirely distributed along the boundaries, boundaries pass everywhere, through its every aspect . . . Every cultural act lives essentially on the boundaries: in this is its seriousness and significance; abstracted from boundaries it loses its soil, it becomes empty, arrogant, it degenerates and dies. (Morson and Emerson, 1990, p. 51) From this quote’s emphasis upon boundaries, it becomes possible to address a number of related concerns of Bakhtin. In this chapter, it is conducive...

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