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Title: Gender and entrepreneurship in creative industry career journeys
Author: Carey, Charlotte
Awarding Body: Birmingham City University
Current Institution: Birmingham City University
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis represents an interdisciplinary study with original theoretical contributions to knowledge identified across three distinct disciplines: Entrepreneurship, the Creative Industries and Gender Studies along with methodological contributions with regards the use of research diaries as a data source. The last fifteen years have seen a huge focus, from policy makers and researchers, on entrepreneurship and the creative industries. Both have been seen as key drivers for economic growth in the UK and beyond. Studies have been wide and varied, looking at both disciplines individually and more recently where they converge. However, there is a paucity of research into the role that gender plays within this sector, and specifically the impact of gender on entrepreneurship within the creative industries. Using a highly reflexive approach, this study examined the career stories of a cohort of fine art graduates, the cohort with whom the researcher had graduated (1991-94, BA Fine Art, Wolverhampton School of Art and Design). The rationale was to make the best use of insider perspective and to access a group who had all had the same starting point, were within a similar age group (38-44), had worked through the ‘Blairite’ creative industries/economy policy framework and most likely had had to consider their ambitions as parents. It was considered that this group would offer a concentrated sample of creative graduates’ experience. Participants were interviewed using a narrative methodology and detailed career stories were gathered. The study took an inductive, grounded theory approach, making use of memoing and research diaries to aid reflexivity. Though a process of open, axial and thematic coding (Strauss and Corbin, 2003) themes emerged which, although linked to the original literature, also extended to new themes and topics which helped to better understand and explain where entrepreneurship fits within creative industry career journeys. Both theoretical and methodological contributions to knowledge are made:
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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