The Social Imaginary of Emancipation in Entrepreneurship

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


This article contributes to the research agenda of emancipatory entrepreneurship by developing the understanding of emancipation as a social imaginary in entrepreneurship. In particular, we draw on fiction and philosophical hermeneutics to generate three ideal types of the social imaginary of emancipation in entrepreneurship theorizing. Building on our hermeneutic analysis, we introduce a framework that explains how entrepreneurship theorizing can strengthen, undermine, and shape emancipatory practices as well as the social imaginary of emancipation. We conclude our article by explicating and discussing the relevancy of emancipation in and for entrepreneurship theorizing across different social imaginaries and social practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • entrepreneurship
  • emancipation
  • relevancy
  • theory
  • imaginary
  • practice
  • hermeneutics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The Social Imaginary of Emancipation in Entrepreneurship'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this