Relational practices and reflexivity: Exploring the responses of women entrepreneurs to changing household dynamics


This qualitative study explores how and why women, positioned as mothers, wives, or carers, navigate changing household dynamics, related to care and reproductive resources, and become entrepreneurial. Drawing on relational reflexivity, we show how women’s embodied, intimate relations with important others in the household form the focal point for entrepreneurial activities and offer evidence of their entrepreneurial agency. Our analysis reveals the emergence of three relational practices that result in a new venture as the entrepreneurial response of women. We critically evaluate normative analyses on gender, entrepreneurship, and household.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
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Publication ISSN: 1741-2870
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Published Date: 2018-03-01
Published Online Date: 2017-11-06
Accepted Date: 2017-07-17
Authors: Meliou, Elina (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8912-3378)
Edwards, Tim



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