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Women's entrepreneurship and social capital: Exploring the link between the domestic sphere and the marketplace in Pakistan

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-387
Number of pages13
JournalStrategic Change
Issue number3
Early online date20 May 2020
Accepted/In press29 Mar 2020
E-pub ahead of print20 May 2020
PublishedMay 2020

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Research on the social capital of women entrepreneurs in contexts characterized by gender segregation between men's and women's trading spaces is underdeveloped. The literature on women's entrepreneurship and the marketplace in Pakistan is one such example. This article contributes to the literature on the social capital of female entrepreneurs from a critical perspective by drawing on an exploratory case study of women's entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial networks in the Malakand District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Women's social capital was found to play a crucial role in the survival and expansion of their business activities by facilitating access to the men's trading sphere of the marketplace. It was also found that women exercise active agency in developing cross-gender economic networks but do so in ways that do not overtly challenge social norms.

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