Fraudatario, Maria Camilla (2021) Imprenditori immigrati. Network personali e strategie di impresa degli srilankesi a Napoli e dei pakistani a Manchester. [Tesi di dottorato]


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Item Type: Tesi di dottorato
Resource language: Italiano
Title: Imprenditori immigrati. Network personali e strategie di impresa degli srilankesi a Napoli e dei pakistani a Manchester
Fraudatario, Maria
Date: May 2021
Number of Pages: 248
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Scienze Sociali
Dottorato: Scienze sociali e statistiche
Ciclo di dottorato: 33
Coordinatore del Corso di dottorato:
Serpieri, RobertoUNSPECIFIED
Zaccaria, Anna MariaUNSPECIFIED
Giordano, GiuseppeUNSPECIFIED
Date: May 2021
Number of Pages: 248
Keywords: business strategies, egocentric networks, mixed embeddedness
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 14 - Scienze politiche e sociali > SPS/10 - Sociologia dell'ambiente e del territorio
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 08:50
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2023 10:58

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Entrepreneurship is a ripe aspect of migration phenomena: it is generally linked to the path of socio-economic integration in reception countries. This research belongs to the theoretical framework of mixed embeddedness, whereby the combination of the resources owned by individuals and the opportunities/constraints of the structure produces several business outputs. The theoretical model involves evident relational mechanisms that have not found an adequate analytical formalisation yet. For these reasons, we identify in the theoretical and methodological assumptions of social network analysis an interesting perspective of analysis, offering to economic approaches an accurate research dimension to detect the degree of embeddedness of entrepreneurs in their host social environment and the wider interlock of society (structure). Starting from this premise, the research examines the entrepreneurial strategies of immigrant groups in two urban contexts: Srilankans in Naples (rione Sanità) and Pakistani in Manchester (Rusholme). Two main questions were formulated: I) What entrepreneurial strategies have immigrants adopted about the opportunities and constraints both in Naples and Manchester? II) Based on informal (co-)ethnic and formal relationships with the institution and other local stakeholders, what kind of embeddedness does the business account for? The objectives were achieved using different survey techniques: interviews with immigrant entrepreneurs to collect career histories, strategies adopted to realise the business project and the relationships with the local context in which they live and work; semi-structured section to reconstruct ego-networks and investigate the support relationships established in the start-up phase. Data collected provided an adequate level of information on individual experiences and allowed to produce a taxonomy of the business experience, through a factorial analysis which was applied to ego-networks indices in this regard. Starting from the main results, the contribution outlines an interpretative and methodological model which can provide empirical evidence valid in different contexts, for other immigrant groups and/or for longitudinal analysis.


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