The praxis of social enterprise and human security: An applied research agenda
The praxis of social enterprise and human security:
|ERA Journal ID
|Brown, Malcolm D.
|Journal of Human Security
|10 (1), pp. 4-11
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The growth of social enterprise within development NGO work might lead one to suspect it has been irredeemably corrupted by neo-liberal capitalism. However, using the tools of capitalism is not the same as subscribing to the values of capitalism. This paper is situated at the intersection of five fields: human security, international development, social enterprise, social franchising, and left-wing anti-capitalist thought. It examines the relevance of social enterprise to human security and to development, the relationship between social enterprise and the anti-capitalist values of the left, and it then focuses on social franchising—a subset of social enterprise that highlights the importance of cooperation—suggesting that it may be a useful methodology for NGOs carrying out educational work in parts of the developing world. It synthesises and extends ideas that I have presented elsewhere [1-3], it draws on ethnographic fieldwork on the Thai-Burma border, and it puts forward an agenda for further applied research that is rooted in a sociological analysis of civil society and contributes to the human security paradigm.
|anti-capitalism; human security; international development; left-wing thought; praxis; social enterprise; social franchising
|ANZSRC Field of Research 2020
|440101. Anthropology of development
|440499. Development studies not elsewhere classified
|440808. International relations
|470104. International and development communication
Copyright 2012 - 2014 by the authors; licensee Librello, Switzerland. This open access article was published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
|School of Arts and Communication
|Institution of Origin
|University of Southern Queensland
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