Thinking in capital mode
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This paper examines an individual’s efforts to start a business and how the “thinking tools” of Pierre Bourdieu aid understanding of the decisions taken during the start-up process. Theoretically challenging work, of which Bourdieu stands accused, might seem at odds with the grounded decision to give up employment to start a business. In this paper we argue there is value in using Bourdieusian ideas to examine individual journeys and endeavours. From an overview of Bourdieu’s work on capital, the paper draws on interviews and diaries to examine the role of different capitals as they inform an individual’s entrepreneurial activities.
Townley , B , Grewar , M A & Winter , J 2013 , Thinking in capital mode . in ESRC Research Capacity Building Clusters : National Summit Conference 2013 . Aston Business School , Aston University , pp. 1-9 , ESRC Research Capacity Building Clusters; National Summit Conference 2013 , United Kingdom , 25-26 June .conference
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(c) 2013, the authors. Published in Proceedings of ESRC Research Capacity Building Clusters; National Summit Conference 2013 by Aston University
This project was conducted with funding from the Economic & Social Research Council, Capacity Building Cluster Grant RES-187-24-0014
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