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Never social and entrepreneurial enough? Exploring the identity work of social entrepreneurs from a psychoanalytic perspective

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posted on 2016-11-28, 11:40 authored by Michaela Driver
Building on an analysis of interviews with 61 social entrepreneurs, the study offers a more finegrained exploration of the identity work of social entrepreneurs from a psychoanalytic, particularly Lacanian, perspective. Specifically, it suggests that what defines social entrepreneurial identity work is the blurring of beatific and horrific aspects of fantasies and a desire for struggle and lack. This in turn creates an emancipatory space in which discursive movement enables alternative forms of market enjoyment and ethical agency. The latter unsettles macro discourses of capitalism by demanding and amplifying their lack. The study contributes new avenues for exploring Lacanian concepts such as the traversal of fantasy as a product of discursive movement particularly relevant for transformative readings of identity narratives.

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Organization, 2017, 24(6), pp. 715-736

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Management

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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SAGE Publications (UK and US)

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1350-5084

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1461-7323

Acceptance date

2016-07-13

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2017

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2017-11-07

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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1350508416665474

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en

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