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Author: Pfeilstetter, Richard
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Antropología Social
Date: 2017
Published in: Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, 8 (1), 1-15.
Document type: Article
Abstract: In this contribution I explore the conflicting moralities and practices of technology entrepreneurship through the lenses of Mary Douglas’ Grid-Group Cultural Theory. Starting from the distinction between communitarian, individualistic and hierarchical culture, I explore my empirical material drawn from ethnographic fieldwork in Manchester, UK. In particular, I describe the sociality of young male tech-entrepreneurs at networking events, ‘coffices’ and coworkspaces around an urban ‘creative quarter’. I argue that ‘startup communities’ simultaneously encourage individualistic market-competition, contribute to feelings of local group-belonging and are narrative constructions promoted by entrepreneurs, corporations and the State.
Cite: Pfeilstetter, R. (2017). Startup communities: notes on the sociality of tech-entrepreneurs in Manchester. Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, 8 (1), 1-15.
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URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11441/83348

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