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This paper addresses the importance of networks for entrepreneurs in bankruptcy, based on interviews with entrepreneurs who have experienced at least one bankruptcy. Analysis of the interviews reveals two discursive themes: entrepreneurship and bankruptcy. Entrepreneurship is expressed in terms of initiative and of contacts in business contexts; bankruptcy concerns economic marginalization and subordination. Although entrepreneurship and bankruptcy are contrary phenomena, this article shows how these themes are interwoven in a variety of ways in the narratives of the bankrupt entrepreneurs. On the basis of these two themes, four categories of bankrupt entrepreneurs are portrayed: the “continuer,” the “rejected,” the “withdrawn,” and the “analyst.” The methodological approach used in this study is in the field of narrative techniques.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • typology, network, interview, bankruptcy, entrepreneur, qualitative, sociologi, sociology
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Publication statusUnpublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

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