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Chasing InnovationMaking Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India$
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Lilly Irani

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175140

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175140.001.0001

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Innovators and their Others

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Chasing Innovation

Lilly Irani

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of entrepreneurial citizenship. Entrepreneurial citizenship promises that citizens can construct markets, produce value, and do nation building all at the same time. It attempts to hail people's diverse visions for development in India—desires citizens could channel toward oppositional politics—and directs them toward the production of enterprise. In this way, entrepreneurial citizenship becomes one attempt at hegemony, a common sense that casts the interests of ruling classes as everyone's interests. However, this entrepreneurialism is not only a project of the self but also a project that posits relations between selves and those they govern, guide, and employ. Champions of innovation and entrepreneurship often leave this hierarchy implicit or deny its existence, leaving the problems it raises unaddressed. This book depicts the practices by which institutions, organizations, and individuals selectively invest only in some people, some aspirations, and some projects in the name of development.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial citizenship, India, enterprise, entrepreneurialism, innovation, entrepreneurship, innovators, development

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