Edited by Iain Hay and Jonathan V. Beaverstock
Chapter 7: Making money and making a self: the moral career of entrepreneurs
The purpose of this chapter is to take an initial step in constructing a social psychology of the entrepreneur by examining the confluence of financial world-building and moral self-construction connected to the process of entrepreneurship. In effect, being an entrepreneur is a moral career, a joint venture of making money and making a self. The participation of individuals in the historically given conditions of entrepreneurial wealth generation creates a specific type of agent and not just a specific type of social organization. I base my analysis on findings generated from intensive interviews with 49 entrepreneurs drawn from a subsample of a study of 130 individuals with, in 2014 dollars, a median yearly income greater than US$1 million and a median net worth in excess of US$16.5 million.
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