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Intersectional Mixed Embeddedness: Women Entrepreneurs in the Indian Diaspora in Australia

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posted on 2021-10-13, 22:41 authored by ERIN BARBARA WATSON
India is Australia’s largest source of migrants, but little is known about the women’s entrepreneurial activity in this community. This thesis examines the life stories of eight women, from their lives in India through to their entrepreneurial journey in Australia. It argues that women’s migration and entrepreneurial experience are embedded in social networks, the economy, and the political and institutional environment, which is shaped and (re)shaped by intersectional identities and hierarchies of power. This study finds that women go ‘beyond the limits’ of expected gender roles, use their Indian and Australian culture and heritage to their advantage, and leverage previous employment for their entrepreneurial activity.


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Principal supervisor

Russell Smyth

Additional supervisor 1

Dr Samanthi Gunawardana

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Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Business and Economics