Entrepreneurship, marginality and social stratification

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Gláucia Maria Vasconcellos Vale


Entrepreneurship history enlivens the role of marginalized social groups in their attempts at social insertion. Nowadays, there is scanty a body of researches about entrepreneurship and social stratification, particularly in Brazil. This article stems from a survey, carried out in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as it focused on the original social layers of local industrial entrepreneurs as well as it correlated to the pattern of inter-generational mobility (fathers to sons) therein. Drawing from our empirical research it may be posited: i.) entrepreneurship doesn’t tend to be a pathway pursued by the elite, being mostly a lower-middle class phenomenon; ii.) the lower the original social stratum, the bigger the chances of inter-generational social vertical mobility. The results shed lights on role of entrepreneurship as a way to social mobility.


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VALE, G. M. V. Entrepreneurship, marginality and social stratification. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 54, n. 3, p. 310–321, 2014. Disponível em: https://periodicos.fgv.br/rae/article/view/23313. Acesso em: 19 may. 2024.