8 Failing Careers. Men in Business in Nineteenth-century Global Trade [chapter]

2020 Men, Masculinities and the Modern Career  
This chapter illustrates what the ideal entrepreneur used to be and what sort of behaviour this ideal type included and what this can tell us about masculinity in the early nineteenth-century northern Baltic, among the almost exclusively male timber-trading community. By focusing not on the leading figure(s) or the most powerful men, but on those on the margins of the entrepreneurial elite, the chapter will discuss the multiple masculinities and idea of hegemonic masculinity which would have
more » ... which would have not been possible without subordinate masculinities. In order to identify these masculinities, the chapter will discuss the language by which masculinity was created. Scholars studying female entrepreneurs have pointed out that entrepreneurial mentality can be constructed in discourse, the same way as gender. The chapter will also illustrate the importance of family and the materiality and material culture connected with businessmen, which will help to understand the experience of being a businessman.
doi:10.1515/9783110651874-009 fatcat:z4fgkdxv4vd23lge7yc43ikgu4