Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 1 2007, page 28-43.
English resume

Mompreneurs against the current

On work-life balance inentrepreneurship

Steffen Korsgaard og Helle Neergaard

In this article it is discussed to what extent entrepreneurship can be a way to achieve work life balance. This is done by examining the traditional social science discourse on entrepreneurship, exemplified by Joseph Schumpeter, and the emergent mompreneurship discourse. The traditional discourse is characterised by a focus on growth both at the macroeconomic and business level, while work life balance is at the centre of the mompreneurship discourse.
The discourses are analysed using Foucault inspired discourse analysis focusing on the discursive formation of objects, subject position, concepts and strategies. Two strategic motives are identified in Schumpeter’s discourse: Transcendence and domination. The entrepreneur thus seeks independence, autonomy and separation from the ties of social connectedness, as well as dominance over resources, competition and himself. On the other hand the strategic motive found in the mompreneurship discourse, namely connectedness, emphasises opposite values such as balance and congruence between different areas of life (family and work life), and continuity rather than separation.

Given the hegemonic nature of the traditional social science discourse, mompreneurship is only potentially a threat to the current general view of entrepreneurship, and nothing seems to indicate that mompreneurship discourse is on the verge of public and political recognition. But there is significant emancipatory potential in the discourse that hopefully can be fully developed.



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