Impact of women's home-based enterprise on family dynamics: Evidence from Jordan

Al-Dajani, Haya and Marlow, Susan (2010) Impact of women's home-based enterprise on family dynamics: Evidence from Jordan. International Small Business Journal-Researching Entrepreneurship, 28 (5). pp. 470-486.

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Within developing and disadvantaged economies, women’s self-employment has been identified as a tool to assist in alleviating poverty and empowering individual women. To explore these arguments, this article considers the experiences of Palestinian women who operate home-based enterprises within conservative patriarchal families. Empirically, we drew upon a study of 43 home-based female embroiderers, all members of the ‘1967 displaced Palestinian community’ now living in Amman, Jordan. From the evidence, it emerges that although these women make a critical contribution to family incomes, their entrepreneurial activities are constructed around the preservation of the traditional family form such that while some degree of empowerment is attained, challenges to embedded patriarchy are limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: family dynamics,home-based enterprise,middle east region,women
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy (former - to 2019)
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2011 10:40
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 22:30
DOI: 10.1177/0266242610370392

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