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Social entrepreneurship in the informal economy: a case study of re-enactment festivals

Valery Gordin (Management Department, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Mariya Dedova (Management Department, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to generate new information on the types of entrepreneurial activities at the re-enactment festivals and their importance for the re-enactors.

Design/methodology/approach

The study consisted of two stages: a content analysis of information available through online open access and a qualitative survey of re-enactors and a qualitative survey of re-enactors was organised and spanned from November 2012 to February 2013.

Findings

The paper concludes that a specific form of entrepreneurship in the Russian market characterised by creation of social capital, a high level of devotion to engagement and, at the same time, non-profit-related gains has been emerged.

Research limitations/implications

The socio-cultural phenomenon of entrepreneurship within re-enactment festivals is investigated. The study may be further developed by identifying various cultural events that may be characterised by the existence of an internal festival market.

Originality/value

This paper highlights social entrepreneurial activities in informal sector by the example of re-enactment festivals.

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Acknowledgements

This work is the output of a research project “Research on events as a tool for development of experience industry”, implemented as part of the Basic Research Programme at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE).

Citation

Gordin, V. and Dedova, M. (2015), "Social entrepreneurship in the informal economy: a case study of re-enactment festivals", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 6-16. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-03-2013-0008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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