44746181. Family Money and Business Money

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Unformatted text preview: Family money and business money: bankrupt entrepreneurs in a question situation Ann Mari Sellerberg* Department of Sociology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden (Received 19 September 2007; final version received 15 May 2008) This paper addresses the question of bankruptcy and honesty in local contexts, and especially the problem of the bankrupt small businessman in conveying honesty to the local community. Studying bankrupt entrepreneurs, the analysis explores a tacit dialogue between the failed businessmen and the small town communities where they live and work. The bankrupts respond to their seemingly mistrustful surroundings by demonstrating their respect for the dividing line between two social categories of money: company money and family money. This discursive resource expresses business ethics and respectability, both essential for the bankrupt entrepreneur to start another business in the local community. The empirical material in the study consists of interviews with 22 businessmen who had created small businesses and experienced at least one bankruptcy, half of them in small towns. The entrepreneurs were found through court records and word of mouth. Interviews were conducted by the author and by graduate students from the Department of Sociology in Lund. All interviews were tape- recorded and transcribed verbatim. Keywords: account; bankruptcy; expression; honesty; money; respectability; trust Este documento trata la cuestio n de la quiebra y la honestidad en los contextos locales, y, en particular, el problema que tiene el pequen o empresario que ha quebrado para transmitir honestidad a la comunidad local. A trave s del estudio de empresarios en quiebra, el ana lisis examina un dia logo ta cito entre los empresarios que han fracasado y las comunidades de ciudades pequen as donde ellos viven y trabajan. Los empresarios en quiebra responden a su entorno aparentemente desconfiado demostrando su respeto por la lnea divisoria que existe entre las dos categoras sociales del dinero: el dinero de la familia y el dinero de la empresa: Este recurso discursivo es una expresio n de e tica comercial y respetabilidad, dos factores esenciales para que el empresario en quiebrapueda crearotra empresa en la comunidad local. El material emprico de este estudio consiste en entrevistas con veintido s empresarios que han creado pequen as empresas y sufrido como mnimo una quiebra, la mitad de ellos en ciudades pequen as. Los empresarios fueron encontrados atrave s de registros judiciales y la mencio n oral. Las entrevistas fueron realizadas por la autora de este documento y titulados del Departamento de Sociologa de Lund. Todas las entrevistas fueron grabadas y transcritas litera- lmente....
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