Gender and the construction of identity within climate technology innovation in Kenya

Marshall, Mipsie Mary Anne, Byrne, Robert and Ockwell, David (2014) Gender and the construction of identity within climate technology innovation in Kenya. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

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This paper undertakes an analysis of the discursive construction of the entrepreneurial identity within media on climate technology(CT) innovation in Kenya. Using the STEPS pathways approach along side a post-structuralist feminist identity framework, it explores the way that the narrative of entrepreneur-led innovation may include or
exclude the framings of particular actors. The paper draws on ideas of antagonism in identity construction, legitimacy, and access to resources, in order to identify those actors that may perceive themselves as, or be perceived as, more or less legitimate as CT
entrepreneurs, thus being more or less likely to gain access to resources for CT innovation. Although the climate technology entrepreneur aligns in some ways with more normatively feminine notions of the caring social entrepreneur, overall the CT entrepreneur remains a masculine identity. Women are underrepresented in media portrayals of CT entrepreneurship.Further, portrayals of women CT entrepreneurs tend to question their legitimacy, depicting them as either requiring the support of men, or as taking up masculine characteristics in order to gain
credibility. The paper demonstrates that this might translate into more favourable attitudes towards men CT entrepreneurs when seeking access to institutional support. It recommends further research into the capacity for CT entrepreneurship to effectively incorporate marginalised framings, and where entrepreneurship will
fail to meet their needs, it calls for increased support for appropriate alternative processes of climate technology innovation.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2015 10:15
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015 13:38

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