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Schmiz, Antonie
Hernandez, Tony
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[Journal:] Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie [ISSN:] 1467-9663 [Volume:] 110 [Issue:] 5 [Pages:] 509-519
Abstract This paper introduces the special issue on “Urban Politics on Ethnic Entrepreneurship” based on research insights and focused discussion that bridges disciplinary discourses. It challenges ethnic entrepreneurship theory by presenting new perspectives and empirical case studies from North America and Europe. As ethnic diversity is widely regarded as a special asset for entrepreneurial cities in the competitive global city environment, there is a need to better understand how ethnic entrepreneurship is used as a resource in city branding and how it is enabled through certain policies. Starting from the historical development of ethnic entrepreneurship research, the introduction leads over to the theoretical embedding of the special issue with its relational focus on space. The contribution proceeds with linking ethnic entrepreneurship to urban politics and outlines three major fields of research that are covered in the special issue: symbolic value to urban development, placemaking and social inclusion, and urban planning.
ethnic entrepreneurship
migrant entrepreneurship
urban development
urban planning
urban politics
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