(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

The local construction of social enterprise markets : an evaluation of Jens Beckert’s field approach

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SUNLEY P. (1) ; PINCH S. (1) ;
(1) Geography and Environment, Univ., Southampton, ROYAUME-UNI


This article examines the local construction of social enterprise markets through an evaluation of Jens Beckert’s field approach. To do so, it describes the reciprocal interactions between forces of institutions, networks, and cognitive frameworks as they serve to construct opportunities for social enterprises (SEs) in Liverpool, Birmingham, Southampton, and the London Borough of Newham. This analysis suggests that Beckert’s approach helps to move beyond a singular notion of a single ‘market logic’ and allows us to unpack some of the hybrid character of SE markets. However, because of the way in the field perspective has been designed to explain agency in orthodox capitalist markets, it struggles to incorporate the motivations that drive agency in these markets


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no4 [pp. 788-802]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1068/a45605

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