Social Entrepreneurship
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Social Entrepreneurship

An Affirmative Critique

Edited by Pascal Dey and Chris Steyaert

Pascal Dey and Chris Steyaert provide a timely critique on the idea of social entrepreneurship and its reputation as a means for positive social change. The book uses different traditions and modes of critique to interrogate, disrupt and reimagine the concept of social entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 7: Social entrepreneurship: mythological ‘doublethink’

Lew Perren


Earlier chapters in this volume have successfully argued that social entrepreneurship is a dominating ideological myth that preserves the status quo by hiding awkward realities about society. This chapter builds on these themes and calls upon the semiological insights of Barthes (1972) to show that social entrepreneurship is a political myth that subtly frames capitalist thinking through a mind controlling form of Orwellian ‘doublethink’ (Orwell, 1949). Evading such an intoxicating myth is problematic; fortunately following reframing guidance from Lakoff (2004) a means of ideological escape is recommended.

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