Global Grammars of Enterprise/Entrepreneurship
Grounded in two on-going research projects related to self and social enterprise/entrepreneurship in Europe and Australia the paper will introduce the analytical concept of global grammars of enterprise/entrepreneurship to identify, examine and analyse a number of things, including:
- the shifting, unstable, always strategic power relations between governmental discourses/rationalities of ‘enterprise’/‘entrepreneurialism’ —that can usefully be situated in what Foucault would call a neo-Liberal apparatus that seeks to individualise and responsibilise ‘entrepreneurship’;
- and the performances and actions of enterprise, the enterprising behaviour and dispositions of persons and groups, the ‘vernacular’, local, particular, ‘translations’ of the ideas of enterprise/entrepreneurship that organisations and young people enact in places such as the Basque country (Spain), Melbourne (Australia), and in other contexts where our research ‘touches down’, including Scotland and San Francisco.
The ‘metaphor’ of global grammars of enterprise/entrepreneurship is suggestive of an analysis that highlights and acknowledges young people’s situated, unstable, shifting and fluid performances and enactments of enterprise amid the violence of globalising precarisation.