The praxis of social enterprise and human security: An applied research agenda

Brown, Malcolm D. (2014) The praxis of social enterprise and human security: An applied research agenda. Journal of Human Security, 10 (1). pp. 4-11. ISSN 1835-3800

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Abstract

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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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/).
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 03 May 2014 09:51
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2015 01:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-capitalism; human security; international development; left-wing thought; praxis; social enterprise; social franchising
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160101 Anthropology of Development
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200103 International and Development Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9403 International Relations > 940302 International Aid and Development
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.12924/johs2014.10010004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24928

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