1st Edition

Theory of Social Enterprise and Pluralism Social Movements, Solidarity Economy, and Global South

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    In the past decades, social enterprise has been an emerging field of research. Its main frameworks have been provided by Occidental approaches. Mainly based on an organizational vision, they give little or no room to questions such as gender, race, colonialism, class, power relations and intertwined forms of inequality. However, a wide range of worldwide hidden, popular initiatives can be considered as another form of social enterprises based on solidarity, re-embedding the economy as well as broadening the political scope. This has been shown in a previous book: Civil Society, the Third Sector, and Social Enterprise: Governance and Democracy.

    Thus, to be more than a fashion or a fictitious panacea, the concept of social enterprise needs to be debated. Southern realities cannot be only understood through imported categories and outside modeled guidelines. This book engages a multicontinental and pluridisciplinary discussion in order to provide a pluralist theory of social enterprise. The book will be of interest to researchers, academics and students in the fields of social entrepreneurship, social innovation, development studies, management studies and social work.

    Authors’ Biographies

    PART 1: Opening dialogue for a new conceptual framework

    CHAPTER 1: Social enterprise: is it possible to decolonise this concept? / L. Lucas dos Santos, S. Banerjee

    CHAPTER 2: Rethinking social enterprise through philanthropic and democratic solidarity / J.L. Laville, P. Eynaud

    CHAPTER 3: A cross-disciplinary and international perspective / J. L. Laville, P. Eynaud

    PART 2: A global approach of social enterprise

    CHAPTER 4: Reconfiguring the social and solidarity economy in a Danish/Nordic welfare context / L. Hulgård, L. L. Andersen

    CHAPTER 5: The domestic domain within a post-colonial, feminist reading of social enterprise: towards a substantive, gender-based concept of solidarity enterprise / I. Hillenkamp, L. Lucas dos Santos

    CHAPTER 6: Reimagining the Social Enterprise through Grassroots Social Innovations in India / S. Banerjee, A. Shaban

    CHAPTER 7: The reconciliation between economic and social in the notion of a social enterprise: limits and possibilities in Brazil / G. C. de França Filho, A. S. Rigo, W. J. de Souza

    CHAPTER 8: Social enterprise between crime economy and democratic transformation in Southern Italy / E. Bucolo

    CHAPTER 9: Why is solidarity-type social enterprise invisible in Portugal? / P. Hespanha

    CHAPTER 10: The transformative potential of plural social enterprise: A multi-actor perspective / F. Avelino, J. M. Wittmayer

    PART 3: Avenues for further research

    CHAPTER 11: Deepening the theoretical and critical debate through North South dialogue / L. Hulgård, F. Avelino, P. Eynaud, J. L. Laville,



    Philippe Eynaud is full professor at Sorbonne Business School, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and a researcher in Gregor.

    Jean-Louis Laville is professor at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam, Paris) and director of the research programme: "Plural democracy and economy" at Collège d’études mondiales—FMSH, Paris.

    Luciane Lucas dos Santos is senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, integrating and co-coordinating the Research Group on Democracy, Citizenship and Law (DECIDe).

    Swati Banerjee is professor and chairperson at the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and coordinator, Right Livelihood College, RLC—TISS, one of the nine RLC campuses across the globe.

    Flor Avelino is assistant professor and senior researcher in the politics of sustainability transitions and social innovation at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, www.drift.eur.nl/).

    Lars Hulgård is full professor of social entrepreneurship, Roskilde University, and permanent visiting professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

    "The most exciting aspects of this edited collection are its theoretical strengths and diversity of intellectual expertise that combine to produce a highly coherent and groundbreaking book. Clearly derived from an enviable network of scholars working in collaborations across the world, each chapter is a highly engaging articulation of theoretical argument, ideas and practice that bring to life the deep resources of thought and knowledge from the global South."

    -Ruth Phillips, The University of Sydney, Australia