To read this content please select one of the options below:

Toward a “reconfiguration of the material and ideal foundations” of gendered entrepreneurship?

Gabriel Etogo (Human Resources Management Department, Saint Jerome Catholic University Institute of Douala, Douala, Cameroon)

Society and Business Review

ISSN: 1746-5680

Article publication date: 31 October 2018

Issue publication date: 2 October 2019




This paper aims to analyze social sex relations by hypothesizing a reconfiguration, in a future time, of the “material and ideal foundations” of gendered entrepreneurship.


The approach consisted in adopting the gender approach in order to identify, on the one hand, the material and ideal elements that underlie the dominant entrepreneurial ethos; on the other hand, to question, starting from a “heuristic hypothesis”, the emergence, in a future time, of representations, behaviors and practices opposable to the dominant entrepreneurial ethos.


The research outcomes reveal that by investing in traditionally male bastions, women develop entrepreneurial dynamics detached from any gendered approach. This approach suggests how the representations, behaviors and practices related to the dominant entrepreneurial ethos can be modified.


At a great distance from some “naturalization of competences”, this paper deals with the modalities that contribute to overcoming the principles of gender differentiation. It proposes a theoretical framework to understand how the mobilization of the gender approach, characterized by the lack of differentiation of skills, invites, from a “heuristic hypothesis”, a questioning of the dominant entrepreneurial ethos.



The author would like to thank Yvon Pesqueux, V.A. Daschaco, Father Jean-Robert Ngandjui Fankam and Joyvice Chofor for all the remarks and the careful reading of the text.


Etogo, G. (2019), "Toward a “reconfiguration of the material and ideal foundations” of gendered entrepreneurship?", Society and Business Review, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 264-272.



Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles