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Title: Cypriot entrepreneurs in the clothing industry : a comparative study
Author: Panayiotopoulos, P. I.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1993
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The dissertation is a comparative study of Cypriot entrepreneurs in the clothing industry, both in the area of the single largest concentration of Cypriot migration (London) and Cyprus itself. One tentative conclusion drawn is that Cypriot involvement in London contains elements of spontaneous, unplanned entrepreneurship which may be characterised as the development of capitalism from below. In reverse, the expansion of the clothing industry in Cyprus contains more aspects (relative to London) of promotion by the state, and may be characterised as development from above. The dissertation traces some of the theoretical concepts applied by the social sciences in analysing ethnic groups and their economic activity in the process of migration. In addition, the issue of Ethnic Minority Enterprise is introduced into a wider debate over small-firms in the UK and the advocacy of small capital by a disparate array of academics and practitioners. The argument presented in this section is that the unproblematised conceptualisation of ethnic small capital as a 'survival mechanism' given added imperative by the slump years, results in an insensitivity to divisions inside ethnic communities; in effect this results in the adaptation of a community consensus model. An alternative approach is argued which investigates the processes of differentiation which are explicit in Ethnic Minority Enterprise: at one level these consist of a historical process whereby employers rise from the ranks of wage-workers and artisans and come to dominate other co-ethnics as employers. At another level these consist of a layer of employers who come to dominate other employers and have assumed the characteristics of Manufacturers and supply others with work.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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