The Entrepreneurial Turn in Late Capitalism? Meanings, Practices, and Spaces

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8201, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Feras Klenk, Jose Antonio Cabrera Pereyra
Chairs: Jose Antonio Cabrera Pereyra

Call for Submissions

We are open to papers that contribute to, but need not be limited by the above themes and topics. Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted to and by October 23rd 2018. Participants will be notified by October 24th 2018 if their abstract has been accepted. They will then need to register for the AAG conference and provide their PIN to the organisers by Oct 25th in order to be included in the panel.


This session explores how under neoliberal capitalism "entrepreneurship" has emerged as social, cultural, and economic phenomenon. In this context, the entrepreneur is celebrated as a heroic figure, a cultural hero who "hustles" for a living and serves as an ideal model to be emulated. As a discourse and practice, it can be seen as a response to a rapidly changing global economy, a remedy for high unemployment rates, or a way to exercise personal freedom. Promoted globally by states, institutions, and experts it is part of a larger assemblage of market logics, techniques, and practices that demands "flexibility" and "collaboration" from a variety of actors. As part of this assemblage, the injunction to be "entrepreneurial" and promote "entrepreneurial flexibility" extends far beyond the domain of market activity and maps unto other spheres of life. This process has dramatically reworked notions of selfhood, work, space, life, among others as part of the effects of politico-economic restructuring.

To what extent all of these changes correspond to a broad "entrepreneurial turn" is the central inquiry and motivation behind creating this session. The general goal of this session, therefore, is to explore the idea and concept of the "entrepreneurial turn," (i.e., entrepreneurship as a state of mind, as a mode of being in the world, a tactic to navigate increasing precarity) and the variegated spaces in which it takes place: universities, cities, neighborhoods, nations, industries, and so on. We invite contributions focused on entrepreneurial inflected research along the lines, but not exclusive to, the following topics and themes:

Entrepreneurial subjectivities
Affect and entrepreneurship
Digital Economies and entrepreneurship
Expert knowledges
New conceptions of work, freedom, and lifestyles
Socio-Technical infrastructures
Entrepreneurship in the Global North/South
Economic imaginaries
Rentierism in the context of entrepreneurship
Capitalist temporalities
Entrepreneurial states and governance
Geopolitics and entrepreneurship


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jose Antonio Cabrera Pereyra*, University of Arizona, The entrepreneurial ecosystem: a network-based approach to inner capital transformation 20 2:35 PM
Presenter Feras Klenk*, University of Arizona , Precarity as Freedom? Entrepreneurship and Social Change in Oman 20 2:55 PM
Presenter Mia Bennett*, , Tracing Development from the Frontier: The Rise of Alaska Native Corporations in Government Contracting 20 3:15 PM
Presenter Julian Hartman*, University of Arizona - Geography & Development, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital around Route 128 20 3:35 PM
Discussant Elisa Pascucci University of Helsinki 20 3:55 PM

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