Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise

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Enterprising livelihoods in rural households: new and old ways of working


Livelihoods are increasingly likely to be pursued outside large organisations and growth of micro-businesses and self-employment has been especially strong in rural areas. Yet the lives and livelihoods of individuals and households dependent on forms of small enterprise have been largely overlooked in academic and policy agenda to promote more new businesses. Focusing on the rural micro-business household and its networks, this project investigated the internal and external dynamics (including gender and power relations) as households create new forms of livelihood and arguably recreate old ways of working. It formed a basis for comparison with earlier research on urban micro-businesses in the UK and with a recent study of rural micro-businesses in Norway.

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