Contextualizing entrepreneurial identity among Syrian refugees in Jordan: the emergence of a destabilized habitus?

Deema Refai, Radi Haloub, John Lever

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This paper aims to contextualise the entrepreneurial identity of Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps in Jordan. The research adopts a social lens to consider the situation Syrians find themselves in by drawing on the work of Bourdieu. A qualitative design is applied to explore the different experiences and perceptions that pervade refugee stories and the work of refugee aid agencies. By contextualising entrepreneurial identity in the Jordanian context, the paper reveals how a destabilized refugee habitus based on an embodied disposition of survivability is emerging. The paper makes an empirical and conceptual contribution by highlighting how the entrepreneurial activities of Syrian refugees are driven by their experiences of the harsh social conditions they find themselves in.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-260
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Issue number4
Early online date8 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


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