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Intersectionality and Ethnic Entrepreneurship

1st Edition

Edited by Zulema Valdez, Mary Romero


170 pages

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Intersectionality and Ethnic Entrepreneurship brings together a group of eminent and up-and-coming young scholars who apply an intersectional perspective to the study of ethnic entrepreneurship. Against the traditional approach’s emphasis on ethnicity and its primacy, which tends to conflate ethnicity with other social groupings (i.e., social class), considers their effect as an additive or secondary consequence only (i.e., gender), or ignores their influence altogether (i.e., race), the studies in this volume recognize that multiple dimensions of identity intermix to condition entrepreneurial outcomes. Starting with the premise that systems of oppression and privilege, specifically capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, are endemic to the American social structure, the works in this volume recognize that these interlocking systems of inequality condition the life chances of entrepreneurs from diverse social locations differently, even among members of the same ethnic group. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the special issue: intersectionality and entrepreneurship Mary Romero and Zulema Valdez

1. Entrepreneurship and interracial dynamics: a case study of self-employed Africans and Chinese in Guangzhou, China Min Zhou, Tao Xu and Shabnam Shenasi

2. New migrant businesses and their workers: developing, but not transforming, the ethnic economy Paul Edwards, Monder Ram, Trevor Jones and Sabina Doldor

3. Intersectionality, the household economy, and ethnic entrepreneurship Zulema Valdez

4. Latino/a professionals as entrepreneurs: how race, class, and gender shape entrepreneurial incorporation Jody Agius Vallejo and Stephanie L. Canizales

5. Economic empathy in family entrepreneurship: Mexican-origin street vendor children and their parents Emir Estrada

6. Race, gender, and class in entrepreneurship: intersectional counterframes and black business owners Adia Harvey Wingfield and Taura Taylor

7. A critical race theory approach to black American entrepreneurship Steven J Gold

About the Editors

Zulema Valdez is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Merced, USA. She is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: How Race, Class, and Gender Shape American Enterprise (2011) and Entrepreneurs and the Search for the American Dream (2015).

Mary Romero is Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, USA. She is the author of The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream (2011) and Maid in the U.S.A. (1992, 2002).

About the Series

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General