Female ethnicity: Understanding Muslim immigrant businesswomen in the Netherlands
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SourceGender, Work and Organization, 17, 3, (2010), pp. 320-339
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FSW_IGS Institute for Gender Studies
Gender, Work and Organization
SubjectDynamics of gender
Building on theories of intersectionality, in this article we develop the concept of female ethnicity in order to understand the meanings of femininity for Muslim immigrant businesswomen in the context of entrepreneurship. Through the notion of female ethnicity we analyse four life stories and illustrate the tensions these women encounter because of the interlaced working of gender and ethnicity as social categories of exclusion. In addition, we highlight the strategies that they develop in order to cope with these tensions. These analyses, we argue, contribute to conceptualizations of entrepreneurship that do justice to complex and contradictory processes of identity constructions.
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