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Paradox in the periphery: an entrepreneurial reconstruction?

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  • Alistair R. Anderson

The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between entrepreneurship and the structure of the periphery. The objective is to reach an understanding of the entrepreneurial process within the context of the periphery, which is traditionally seen as a poor environment. The paper considers the concept of peripherality and identifies a process of gravitation that drains higher order services towards the core. However, this deterministic model does not correspond with the realities of the Scottish Highlands. The paradox is that new businesses are being created that appear to use old redundant peripheral values such as tradition. It is argued that it is the social construction of the periphery that produces this post-modern change. The qualitative methodology indicates the emergence of a new spatial paradigm of aesthetic consumption. Two indicative case studies are presented which show that entrepreneurship is the creation and extraction of value from the environment. Their businesses are the commodification of non-material and aesthetic values. Further analysis of these data demonstrates that entrepreneurs interpret their own version of the environment, rather than merely reacting to it. In turn, they enact this interpretation which forms the basis of their businesses.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Entrepreneurship & Regional Development.

Volume (Year): 12 (2000)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 91-109

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Handle: RePEc:taf:entreg:v:12:y:2000:i:2:p:91-109
DOI: 10.1080/089856200283027
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