Offers a much needed update on urban politics in a globalized world… Davidson and Martin, as well as contributors, chart new territory and produce thought-provoking research that move the field in a more critical direction

The Embedded Politics of Entrepreneurs

The embedded politics of entrepreneurs
Susan Hanson

Introduction

The question of where politics occurs in the city is centrally complicated by what constitutes ‘politics’. A basic premise of this book is that politics appears in many guises other than the collective decision making of electoral activities and takes place in many forms and locations outside government and political parties. As informed citizens we must reflect on what we look for in urban politics and must seek out unexpected viewpoints. In this chapter I look at the everyday activities of entrepreneurs, most of whose businesses are small, as potential sites of urban politics. Although popular stereotypes of entrepreneurs portray them as independent, individualistic, self-reliant, and autonomous, entrepreneurs are the product of – and ...

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