Addressing Precarity in Social Enterprises: Examining Tunisian Women's Infrapolitical Tactics

Amira Benali, Florence Villeséche

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    Social entrepreneurship is presented as a promising way to overcome women's precarity, especially in the Global South. However, there is scant documentation of such endeavours, especially if we want to understand how locals seize such 'alternative' organizing opportunities. In this article we examine how women in Tunisia experience and negotiate their positions inside and outside the social enterprise. We show how these women are affected by constraints but also how they deploy a range of infrapolitical tactics to try and overcome interconnected layers of precarity -- individual, organizational and institutional. We identify three types of tactics: infra-institutionalization tactics, infrafeminist tactics, and infra-entrepreneurial tactics. We thus address the limits and potential of social entrepreneurship as a de facto better way to address precarity and ultimately develop sustainable economies in the Global South. We contribute to diversity research and to the decolonizing of management and organization studies by studying the agency of organizational participants with a de-centred, intersectional gaze. We furthermore contribute to scholarship by providing an intersectional feminist reading of agency in relation to social entrepreneurship in a setting where local populations tend to be regarded as passive beneficiaries or as interested only in day-to-day survival.
    TitelProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
    RedaktørerSonja Taneja
    Antal sider1
    UdgivelsesstedBriarcliff Manor, NY
    ForlagAcademy of Management
    StatusUdgivet - 2022
    BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, USA
    Varighed: 5 aug. 20229 aug. 2022
    Konferencens nummer: 82


    KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
    NavnAcademy of Management Proceedings