Gender, tourism and entrepreneurship: a critical review

Figueroa-Domecq, C., de Jong, A. and Williams, A. M. (2020) Gender, tourism and entrepreneurship: a critical review. Annals of Tourism Research, 84, 102980. (doi: 10.1016/j.annals.2020.102980)

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Dominant accounts of tourism entrepreneurship position successful entrepreneurial performance as masculine and economically informed; undervaluing gendered difference in approaches to entrepreneurship. When varying approaches are held in focus, women are positioned as ‘less than’, and in need of training and support. In reviewing the gender, tourism and entrepreneurship literature this paper draws attention to the marginal, yet decisive contributions of feminist postcolonial, political economy and poststructuralist approaches. Such approaches assist in questioning the implicit economic and masculine bias in the literature. Dominant definitions and evaluations of entrepreneurship need to be questioned, so as to challenge Global North conceptualizations of empowerment and success. Scholars ought to diversify the locations of research on entrepreneurship and gender, and engage more with policy critiques.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme under grant agreement No WomENT DLV-792738.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:de Jong, Dr Anna
Authors: Figueroa-Domecq, C., de Jong, A., and Williams, A. M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Journal Name:Annals of Tourism Research
ISSN (Online):1873-7722
Published Online:29 June 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Annals of Tourism Research 84: 102980
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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