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Social enterprise and dis/identification : The politics of identity work in the UK third sector

Simon Teasdale & Pascal Dey

Kurzfassung Of late, social enterprise has been criticised for discursively transforming third sector organisations and practitioners into economic agents. This paper argues that such a critique might overestimate the degree to which the discourse of social enterprise works as a deterministic force. Asserting that discourse, rather than being imposed on the third sector, implies subjects who affirm its power, we suggest that discursive conceptualisations of ‘social enterprise’ are incomplete without empirical studies focusing on how discourse infiltrates the third sector at the level of the subject. Drawing from a qualitative study in the UK, we use Pêcheux’s work on dis/identification to illustrate different ways in which third sector practitioners endorse or reject the discursive invocation. Discussing how processes of identification, counter-identification or disidentification perpetuate or transgress respectively the discourse of social enterprise, we conclude by highlighting important issues which might to be dealt with through prospective research.
   
Typ Konferenzpapier (Englisch)
   
Schlagwörter (Tags)
   
Name der Konferenz ARNOVA 41st Annual Conference 2012 (Indianapolis)
Datum der Konferenz 15-11-2012
Titel der Proceedings Re-examining Philanthropy: Exploring Root Concepts for our Field(s)
Seite(n) 1-32
Verlag x
Review internes Review
   
Zitation Teasdale, Simon ; Dey, Pascal: Social enterprise and dis/identification : The politics of identity work in the UK third sector. In: Re-examining Philanthropy: Exploring Root Concepts for our Field(s) : x, 2012. - ARNOVA 41st Annual Conference 2012. - Indianapolis, S. 1-32.