Gender, entrepreneurship, and social policy in tourism: tying the knot

Albert N. Kimbu*, Michael Zisuh Ngoasong, Anna De Jong

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This article, and the special issue, seek to unpack the gendered nature of entrepreneurial pathways, specifically in relation to the role of social policies. We achieve this aim by first conceptualising gender, entrepreneurship, and social policy, to highlight the need to generate a stronger research agenda on the role of social policy within gender and tourism entrepreneurship research. We next outline an overarching framework for delineating the intersection of gender, entrepreneurship, and social policy, based on a critical review of existing studies, as well as by situating the papers in this special issue. We present this discussion through three thematic framings: (1) gender and entrepreneurship, (2) gender and social policy and (3) entrepreneurship and social policy. In conclusion, we discuss the implications for social policy and practice, and in doing so call for a research agenda that situates social policy more centrally within considerations of gender and tourism entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-437
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2024

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  • Gender (in)equality/equity; tourism entrepreneurship; social policy; sustainable tourism; inclusive development

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