Social entrepreneurship in a rural context: an over-ideological state?

Artur Steinerowski, Sarah Jack, Jane Farmer

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This paper examines the factors that influence how the social entrepreneur operates in a rural context and the difficulties faced by the rural social entrepreneur. A survey was conducted on thirty stakeholders in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Data analysis identified a number of interesting points, for instance major constraints for the development of social entrepreneurship; issues which might support social entrepreneurs and their activities; and that there exists a group of factors, which in one way are considered as barriers and in another as promoters. Most of the findings relate to the remote areas and have a particular rural resonance. Interestingly, there are also some of the issues which are likely to be experienced across the whole of the Scottish social economy including urban areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-38
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Rural Enterprise and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • social entrepreneurship
  • Scottish Highlands
  • rural communities


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