Self-made women of China : experiences in small-scale entrepreneurship Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study is to examine the lived experiences of women small-scale entrepreneurs in Qingdao, China by placing their collective experiences within relevant social and economic frameworks. This study, conducted in 2011 over a six-month period, applies an ethnographic approach based in modified grounded theory to bring together in-depth interviews and participant observation to answer three research questions: (1) What are the lived experiences of women small-scale entrepreneurs in Qingdao, China and how do they navigate new spaces in contemporary Chinese culture? (2) What factors motivate their entrepreneurship? (3) What barriers and opportunities do they encountered; do women see gender as a barrier? Findings reveal that women entrepreneurs develop small-scale businesses in order to innovate within new cultural spaces, craft preferred lifestyles, and ensure their own autonomy, while negotiating traditional and contemporary expectations surrounding family and marriage. Yet niching occurs in entrepreneurship, as it does in the workforce, and even with great opportunity within gendered niches, women have limited social and economic capital compared with men.
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