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‪Les Mompreneurs‪. Entre entreprise économique, identitaire et parentale


  • Julie Landour


‪Emerging at the end of the noughties, the Mompreneurs define themselves as women who build up a company as they give birth to a child, therefore leaving employment status for a specific self-entreneurship, which would favour “work-life balance”. This phenomenon might seem minor if just reduced to its labeled networks; yet it falls within deep and transversal processes of individuation, a public boosting focused on individual economic initiative, and an accentuation of parental work, particularly within upper and middle classes. Based on a three years ethnographic research within one of the French Mompreneurs’ collectives, this article aims at establishing these women’s points of view, showing an interest in the meaning they give to their experience in the non-waged system ; it aims at the same time at confronting them with the objective conditions in which they pursue their non-waged activity. After presenting the identity outlines of an entrepreneurial adventure that wears the clothing of the accomplished mother, we will then see how the family environment, and its possible variations, can act upon those women’s paths. Even if they initially benefited from a comfortable position, they still can be weakened by this global entrepreneurship and the self-fulfilment it promises.‪

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  • Julie Landour, 2017. "‪Les Mompreneurs‪. Entre entreprise économique, identitaire et parentale," Travail et Emploi, La Documentation Française, vol. 0(2), pages 79-100.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:teeldc:te_150_0079

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