10Examining the contributions of social science to entrepreneurship

The cases of cosmopolitanism and orientalism

Katerina Nicolopoulou and Christine Samy

Introduction

Entrepreneurship is still largely seen as an emerging field, and its theoretical development has proven over time to be gradual but inconclusive, leaving the field permeable in terms of its boundaries (Busenitz et al., 2003). The field has seen a host of emerging social science approaches, such as the use of ‘grand narratives’, typically in the form of the theory of capitals (Bourdieu, 1986) applied in the study of various aspects of the entrepreneurial process, amongst others, in garnering resources for addressing entrepreneurial opportunities (Karatas-Ozkan & Chell, 2010; Pret, ...

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