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Social entrepreneurship: the new narrative for the practice of the social economy

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  • Nuria Toledano


    (Universidad de Huelva)

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    In recent years, the notion of social entrepreneurship and its manifest linkage with the economic development and social change has quickly gained prominence in the general discourse of academics and policymakers. A social justification or motive is a key issue in the account for its existence. In this sense, the expression “social entrepreneurship” is being utilized to describe what has been traditionally known as practices of social economy. However, differences in what is understood as “social” can be observed in both areas. The purpose of this article is to examine and compare the ideas that underlie and operate in the current narratives of social entrepreneurship with those implicit in the traditional rhetoric in the context of social economy. The main results show a wider conception of the term “social” within the discourse of social entrepreneurship than in the social economy area.

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    Article provided by CIRIEC-España in its journal CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa.

    Volume (Year): (2011)
    Issue (Month): 73 (October)
    Pages: 9-31

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    Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2011:i:73:p:9-31
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    1. Rafael Chaves, 1999. "La economía social como enfoque metodológico, como objeto de estudio y como disciplina científica," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 33, pages 115-139, December.
    2. David Urbano & Nuria Toledano & Domingo Ribeiro Soriano, 2010. "Analyzing Social Entrepreneurship from an Institutional Perspective: Evidence from Spain," Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(1), pages 54-69, March.
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