Elgar Research Agendas
Edited by Friederike Welter and William B. Gartner
Chapter 4: Let them eat bricolage? Towards a contextualized notion of inequality of entrepreneurial opportunity
Current notions of opportunity in the entrepreneurship literature render important issues of inequality of opportunity largely invisible. Attempts to show how entrepreneurs can cope with disadvantage through behaviours such as ‘bricolage’ can sometimes serve as inadvertent apologias for structural disadvantage. We propose a number of antidotes, including: the embrace of an older and more robust notion of opportunity, greater attention to subfields of research that explore responses to disadvantage and adversity – especially as these fit into the life course of the entrepreneur, expansion of promising theory and research around entrepreneurial identity, and more generally, recognition that entrepreneurship needs to be better contextualized in terms of structural patterns of stratification and inequality of opportunity.
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