In recent decades, the gendered dimensions of management, organisations, and traditional entrepreneurship have been disclosed by research. The expanding practice of social entrepreneurship raises questions about wether similar patterns are reconstructed there too, or whether gender is constructed differently in this field. In this chapter, the results from a number of studies are combined with a problematisation of social entrepreneurship’s specific context – its close connection with how welfare services are organised, including both the public sector and the third sector – to address questions about gender. There are challenges in the shape of the complexity as as analysis of such practices, but even so it is possible to indicate the gender system and gender order in the emerging field of social entrepreneurship.
Book chapter, with Elisabeth Sundin.