Narrative and Discursive Approaches in Entrepreneurship
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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.
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Chapter 11: Towards genealogic storytelling in entrepreneurship Daniel Hjorth

Daniel Hjorth


As a reader of this book, I think the different contributions form a specific opportunity for entrepreneurship studies. That is, I believe any student of entrepreneurship – perhaps especially when studying entrepreneurship as organizational creativity – interested in discourse and narrative can in their crossing find a way to make space for writing stories of entrepreneurship previously lacking within this field of research. I will proceed towards such an aim following this structure. First, I will initiate the discussion of the archaeological and the genealogical in Foucault’s use of discourse. Secondly, I take a step back, together with Foucault, to acquaint us with his history of language becoming discourse. In the third section I discuss discursive approaches in order to arrive at genealogic storytelling. The fourth section deals with this way of writing entrepreneurship. In the fifth section, I finish with referencing entrepreneurship studies – including what we have read in this book – so as to try out this way of writing entrepreneurship. THE ARCHEOLOGICAL AND GENEALOGICAL Let us introduce ourselves to an overview of the archaeological and the genealogical in Foucault’s work. I will give one reading of Foucault’s presentation of language becoming discourse in Western Culture (see section 2). This presentation takes place in his book The Order of Things (Les Mots et Les Choses, 1966, transl. 1966/1970) which refers to the time in his work when he operated within an archaeological approach. This is described (in The Order of Things) as operating on the level of what makes...

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