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Restructuring Networks in Post-SocialismLegacies, Linkages and Localities$
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Gernot Grabher and David Stark

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198290209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198290209.001.0001

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The Social and Cultural Embeddedness of Entrepreneurs in Eastern Germany

The Social and Cultural Embeddedness of Entrepreneurs in Eastern Germany

(p.242) 10 The Social and Cultural Embeddedness of Entrepreneurs in Eastern Germany
Restructuring Networks in Post-Socialism

Gernot Grabher

David Stark

Oxford University Press

This chapter starts by outlining the legacy of entrepreneurship and self-entrepreneurship in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). The chapter examines methods of privatization and the structure of ownership in eastern Germany since the regime shift of November 1989. The second section looks into the various aspects of the social and cultural embeddedness of new entrepreneurships in eastern Germany, such as the different group origins, and their cultural capital; biographical resources, skills, and professional experience; and networks and ties. Lastly, the chapter comments on subjective interpretations of the new entrepreneurs, quotations from whom give an impression of their roles and role conflicts.

Keywords:   entrepreneurship, socialism, privatization methods, structure of ownership, cultural capital, cultural embeddedness

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