Female Enterprise in the New Economy

Female Enterprise in the New Economy

eBook - 2005
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Univ of Toronto Pr

Tackling a range of issues and theoretical assumptions, Female Enterprise in the New Economy will be of interest to a wide audience in sociology, organizational studies, entrepreneurship studies, public policy, political economy, and women's studies.


The rise of women's self-employment and small business ownership has received a great deal of attention in North America and industrialized countries around the world. In Female Enterprise in the New Economy, Karen D. Hughes examines whether an increasingly entrepreneurial economy offers women better opportunities for economic success, or instead increases their risk of poverty and economic insecurity.

Drawing on original data from interviews, statistical research, and other sources, Hughes explores the reasons why women are starting businesses in record numbers. She looks at the type of work that entrepreneurial women are pursuing, the satisfaction they derive from their work, and the economic risks and rewards they face. Placing this study in the context of broader debates on economic restructuring, the emergence of a 'risk society,' and growing economic polarization, Hughes illustrates the diversity within women's self-employment and small business ownership, and the need for policies to better address the particular needs of this sector of the workforce.

Tackling a range of issues and theoretical assumptions, Female Enterprise in the New Economy will be of interest to a wide audience in sociology, organizational studies, entrepreneurship studies, public policy, political economy, and women's studies.



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Hughes (business, U. of Alberta, Canada) considers the question of whether a more entrepreneurial economy in Canada gives women better opportunities for economic success or if it increases the risk of poverty and economic insecurity. She draws on data from national-level surveys and labor-market data such as the Labour Force Survey and the Survey of Self-Employment in Canada and an in- depth study of 61 businesswomen in Alberta. She explains the reasons behind an increasing number of women starting businesses, the main types of work and their daily activities, job satisfaction, and their economic risks and rewards, as well as academic and policy questions such as policy needs, debates about economic restructuring, and how Canada is being reshaped into an enterprise culture. The book is aimed at those in sociology, organizational studies, entrepreneurship studies, public policy, political economy, and women's studies. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, 2005
ISBN: 9781442674844
1442674849
9780802086723
9780802089175
0802086721
0802089178
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 252 pages) : illustrations

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