Trailing wives and constrained agency among women migrant entrepreneurs: an intersectional perspective

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Abstract

This article applies an intersectional lens to analyze the lived experience of 11 women migrant entrepreneurs based in the UK. We adopt structuration as our ontology to analyze intersectionality in entrepreneurship at the interplay of macro-level structures and micro-level agency, addressing tensions between determinism and subjectivism. Findings show that women migrant entrepreneurs are trailing wives who experience constrained agency which influences their entrepreneurial activities. By highlighting the specific issues faced by entrepreneurs situated at the intersection of the oppressive structures of patriarchy and outsidership, we advance the intersectional agenda in entrepreneurship research and policymaking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1496-1521
Number of pages26
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume45
Issue number6
Early online date3 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • intersectionality
  • women migrant entrepreneurs
  • structuration
  • agency
  • structure
  • contextualised entrepreneurship

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