Anthropology of Entrepreneurship


Anthropology of Entrepreneurship

I invite you to share any references/views on the engagement of anthropology with business and/or entrepreneurship.

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Ethnography of Family Business 4 Replies

A search on the web (including Google Scholar) for material on the ethnography of family business and the business family, as well as cross-cultural aspects of family business, has not yielded very…Continue

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Started by Michael O'Neal. Last reply by Michael O'Neal Dec 8, 2010.

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Comment by Wallis Motta on November 10, 2011 at 3:25am

Dear members, there was recently a talk by Robert Foster in UCL, which I could upload to this page if you are interested. It was mainly about its Coca-Cola stuff. This  page has not been as active as I intended it to be, but would also like you to ask you join the "Anthropology of Business" group, might be more appropriate to discuss over there and clear this group from the map. Please copy and paste whatever useful information you might find/have on here to join the other group instead. Cheers, Wallis

Comment by Richard Francis on September 2, 2010 at 3:25pm
Hi to all,
Although my early training was in anthropology, I have become more involved in the practice of business and entrpreneurship (damn, I always miss an 'e' somewhere in entreprneurship). I still like to catch up with what is going on in economic and business anthropology. Enjoyed your 'Money' book Keith. I have worked as a Trade Commissioner for the Australian government in Russia and India and for the business school IMD developing their China market. My current project involves introducing Chinese, Russian and Indian companies to the European market. So I will be interested in the results of your work Lukovic. best regards to all, Richard
Comment by Wallis Motta on April 24, 2010 at 5:12pm
Don't miss Appadurai's Lecture on Entrepreneurialism, next monday 26 of April @ LSE 2-3.30pm, Old Theatre, Old Building. First come, first get-a-place basis. So, don't be late or you might not be able to get in.
Comment by Wallis Motta on March 23, 2010 at 7:20pm
Still not knowing how to merge the groups... Sorry guys!
But recently found an interesting article:

Aesthetic of the Entrepreneur: Afro-Cosmopolitan Rap and Moral Circulation in
Accra, Ghana
by JW Shipley - Anthropological Quarterly, 2009 -

Personal and global economies: Male carpet manufacturers as entrepreneurs in the weaving neighborhoods of Konya, Turkey
by Damla Isik
American Ethnologist
Volume 37 Issue 1, Pages 53 - 68
Published Online: 28 Jan 2010

I always find amusing to reflect upon the uses of the word "entrepreneur" and "entrepreneurship" in a wide array of publications. From musicians to carpet vendors, everyone seems to be an entrepreneur these days, even Cambridge dons, according to my own research...
Comment by Wallis Motta on November 17, 2009 at 2:39am
I'm up for the merge, but is currently too late at night for me to figure out how to do it... Any suggestions? Will look into that soon otherwise. Thanks very much to John for his interesting suggestion for reading.
By the way today started the Global Entrepreneurship Week:
And as I haven't posted myself any references yet. Here is one book that I think is great:
Gender and entrepreneurship: an ethnographic approach
By Attila Bruni, Silvia Gherardi, Barbara Poggio
Here is the link to it for you to read about it:
Basically looks very interestingly at the co-production of gender and entrepreneurship.
Comment by Sinead Devane on November 16, 2009 at 7:06pm
seems sensible to me!
Comment by Keith Hart on November 16, 2009 at 6:26pm
There's lot of duplication in the groups and not much activity. Would there be some point in consolidating these two groups?
Comment by Sinead Devane on November 16, 2009 at 5:55pm
- see some of the posts in my group 'anthropology in business' for some recent references on the 'corporate encounter'! hope you find it useful. s
Comment by John McCreery on October 25, 2009 at 4:13am
Besides joining the applause for Keith's comments, I would like to recommend an extraordinarily good book that I should have known about a long time ago: Ellen Oxfeld (1993) Blood, Swet and Mahjong: Family and Enterprise in an Overseas Chinese Community, Cornell University Press. Imagine being a young, female anthropologist married to a Bengali husband, a China specialist who winds up studying a community of Chinese (Hakka) tanners, who have carved out a niche for themselves in the leather trade in Calcutta. The author immerses herself in the community and undertakes a solid and thorough ethnography of family enterprises, drawing on theory taken not only from social and economic anthropology but also a large body of historical and sociological literature on "pariah capitalism." She draws on a substantial body of previous research on Chinese families and Chinese entrepreneurs to add nuance to her observations and tracks down and follows members of this community who have emigrated to Canada to see how their new situation affects their relationships to each other and to their families back in Calcutta. (She has also, since publishing this book, conducted extensive fieldwork in Meixian, the place in Guangdong Province from which the Calcutta community's founders emigrated. Traditional, reflexive, historically sensitive and multi-sited as well.
Comment by Wallis Motta on October 12, 2009 at 2:29am
Thanks for the comments Keith! Very true, anthropologists in business and entrepreneurship need not only to deal with Barth and Geertz, but also with other more obscure publications for them like the ones you just mentioned. Veblen is widely known, but his Theory of Business and Enterprise haven't been as popular as his studies of consumption. Schumpeter is highly regarded by many economists, but haven't seen any anthropologists discussing his work.

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