ERIC Number: ED395059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Black Entrepreneurship in America.
Green, Shelley; Pryde, Paul
The economic condition of black Americans is discussed, proceeding from the assumption that black economic progress does not depend on a renewed struggle for unobtained civil rights, but rather on the creative response of black Americans to economic opportunity and problems. In the long run, black economic development must rely on the entrepreneurial ability of the black American community. In spite of the economic gains achieved through affirmative action, blacks have not benefited in equal measure over the last 20 years. Worsening black poverty represents a failure of policymakers to understand the income gap between blacks and whites as a development problem. Blacks have become aware that, somewhere along the line, an ingredient for economic progress has been omitted. This ingredient is entrepreneurship, which is viewed not only as an agent for the accumulation of capital, but also as a mover for social reconstruction. The chapters present a sketch of black entrepreneurship in America as a starting point for developing practical approaches, such as networking, to build entrepreneurial spirit. Chapters are: (1) "The Case for Black Entrepreneurship"; (2) "Blacks in the Marketplace"; (3) "Black Families and Family Firms"; (4) Education and Entrepreneurial Values"; (5) "Community Based Entrepreneurship"; and (6) "Building a New Agenda: Entrepreneurial Perspectives." (SLD)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Blacks, Civil Rights, Economic Factors, Economically Disadvantaged, Entrepreneurship, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Low Income Groups, Networks, Poverty, Public Policy, Social Change
Transaction Publishers, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 08903 (paperback: ISBN-1-56000-885-7, $21.95; clothbound: ISBN-0-88738-290-8).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A