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"Je me responsabilise, donc je suis" : Récits et parcours des femmes entrepreneurs dans le Liban de l'après-guerre

Abstract : Based on 33 life stories of Lebanese women entrepreneurs, this study examines the changing gender relationships in post-war Lebanon, where women entrepreneurship is a growing phenomenon. It is no longer the work of the social elite as it was in the past. The women who participate come from various social, educational, and marital backgrounds. The interviews and participant observation allowed us to account for this change. Stories told by these women have guided our analysis of the different incidences of their self-discovery, their subjectivation and the negotiations they undertake with their significant others. These women are writing their own history by combining moments of their intimate and professional life. Their experiences call into question the social representations of femininity and masculinity. Since women were not weak in the traditional gendered arrangements, they are now mobilizing their traditional and modern cultural assets to improve their social status. The past civil war (1975-1990) was a catalyst for this change. Lebanese women entrepreneurs, as social agents, have succeeded in introducing changes in their own lives and in those of their families. They become heads of households, found family businesses by partnering with women, mobilize husbands and invest their savings in their business projects. Finally, they plan the transmission of their businesses to their children and engage their husbands in the private realm and childcare.
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Paula El Khoury. "Je me responsabilise, donc je suis" : Récits et parcours des femmes entrepreneurs dans le Liban de l'après-guerre. Sociologie. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2009. Français. ⟨tel-00732515⟩

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