Gender and female entrepreneurship in a pro-entrepreneurship magazine

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Title: Gender and female entrepreneurship in a pro-entrepreneurship magazine
Author: Pietiläinen, Tarja
Contributor: Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Entrepreneurship and Management
Belongs to series: Working Papers - 458
ISSN: 0357-4598
ISBN: 951-555-691-0
Abstract: In this working paper I discuss gendered entrepreneurship by exploring how the media writes about female entrepreneurship. The starting point is that the media when talking and writing about female entrepreneurs and female entrepreneurship, mould meanings of gender in entrepreneurship. I view entrepreneurship and gender as socially constructed, discursive phenomena. To uncover the processes of constructing gender in female entrepreneurship this paper applies a discursive framework, which treats language as a representational system producing and circulating meaning. The focus on language use as action implies that practises of writing and talking about female entrepreneurship ‘make’ gender as much as the women entrepreneurs) themselves: both involve working on culturally shared meanings to make reality intelligible. The data consists of articles published in Yrittäjä, a pro-SME magazine, in 1990-1997. In the analysis I show how gender is constructed in media talk. as a women’s issue Women entrepreneurs are constantly compared with men and with an implicitly masculine ideal of entrepreneurship and with strengths and weaknesses of women are displayed pointing out that the meaning making of gender taking place in the data refers to equality discourse. Finally I discuss possible consequences of the hegemonic equality discourse and suggest lines of further research.
Date: 2001
Subject: entrepreneurship
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