Adm. Sci., Volume 10, Issue 4 (December 2020) – 28 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Entrepreneurship is socially embedded—a social process with economic outcomes, which occurs differently in diverse contexts. Research on empowerment must account for the various contexts in which entrepreneurship occurs. We explore the questions: Are women entrepreneurs empowered by entrepreneurship, and critically, does entrepreneurship offer emancipation? Our thematic review of a wide spectrum of literature establishes that women entrepreneurs in the Global South face several restraints that form and shape their practices. We explain how the interplay of culture, traditions, and patriarchy undermine and subjugate their activities but also note how their entrepreneurial agency chips away barriers and erodes patriarchy. We conclude that entrepreneurship can empower, albeit slowly; some independence is attained. Nonetheless, emancipation is a compound problem. View this paper
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