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Culture and Entrepreneurship – Remarks on Transculturality as Practice

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The most recent media debate about a new ‘Turkish entrepreneurship’ in Germany triggered off the fundamental reflections on the necessarily critical conceptualisation of the relation between ‘culture’ and entrepreneurial action. The dominating concepts in the field of ‘ethnic business’, in which questions of cultural orientation in entrepreneurial action have been a central issue for some time, can serve as a starting point for this analysis. For understanding the term culture and the conceptualisation of culture in conjunction with entrepreneurial action, a few critical remarks and a shift in perspective are necessary. Contributions of economic geography inspired by the ‘cultural turn’, which shows alternative ways of thinking about the connection between culture and economy by using a new understanding of culture may be utilised here. Focusing on the group of ‘German-Turkish entrepreneurs’ and bearing in mind the idea of ‘transculturality in practice’ this paper will conclude with an outline of a number of conceptual considerations for action-oriented research on the relation between culture and entrepreneurial action.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Geographisches Institut, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, D55099 Mainz, Germany., Email:

Publication date: 2003-12-01

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