Entrepreneurial sons, patriarchy and the Colonels' experiment in Thessaly, rural Greece

Bika, Zografia (2012) Entrepreneurial sons, patriarchy and the Colonels' experiment in Thessaly, rural Greece. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 24 (3-4). pp. 235-257. ISSN 0898-5626

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Abstract

Existing studies within the field of institutional entrepreneurship explore how entrepreneurs influence change in economic institutions. This paper turns the attention of scholarly inquiry on the antecedents of deinstitutionalization and more specifically, the influence of entrepreneurship in shaping social institutions such as patriarchy. The paper draws from the findings of ethnographic work in two Greek lowland village communities during the military Dictatorship (1967–1974). Paradoxically this era associated with the spread of mechanization, cheap credit, revaluation of labour and clear means-ends relations, signalled entrepreneurial sons’ individuated dissent and activism who were now able to question the Patriarch’s authority, recognize opportunities and act as unintentional agents of deinstitutionalization. A ‘different’ model of institutional change is presented here, where politics intersects with entrepreneurs, in changing social institutions. This model discusses the external drivers of institutional atrophy and how handling dissensus (and its varieties over historical time) is instrumental in enabling institutional entrepreneurship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: family farming,institutional entrepreneurship,patriachy,peripherality,rural change,entrepreneur,family farm,institutional reform,rural development,rural economy,greece,thessaly
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: Elle Green
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 14:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/38728
DOI: 10.1080/08985626.2012.670915

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