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Current Issues in Comparative Education, v8 n1 p41-50 Dec 2005

An implicit normalization of the capitalist market model--in both the facilitation of human endeavors and our relationship to the earth--is clearly evident in the work of J. Gregory Dees, as it is in much organizational theory and education. To better understand the effects of this market mentality, a more critical approach to Social Entrepreneurship is required. In this article, we re-conceive Dees's characterization of Social Entrepreneurs as potentially achievable by all human beings and as a part of all their activity. This re-conception transforms what is possible in the human. We advocate for the elaboration of a relational ethic as the means to achieve Habermas communicative action in order to counter the instrumental logic of the system that, we argue, puts all at risk.

Descriptors: Figurative Language, Free Enterprise System, Social Systems, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Theories, Ecology

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Author: Humphries, Maria; Grant, Suzanne

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4822&id=EJ853858







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