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Ethnic Minority Enterprise in its Urban Context: South Asian Restaurants in Birmingham

Ram, Monder, Jones, Trevor, Abbas, Tahir, Sanghera, Balihar (2002) Ethnic Minority Enterprise in its Urban Context: South Asian Restaurants in Birmingham. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 26 (1). pp. 24-40. ISSN 0309-1317. (doi:10.1111/1468-2427.00361) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:347)

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The embeddedness of ethnic minority business activity is widely accepted, as researchers increasingly eschew ethno-culturalist explanations of the phenomenon. However, despite the importance of urban processes, studies of ethnic minority enterprise are often ‘spaceless’. This article uses Rekers and van Kempen’s urban spatial framework to assess the experiences of South Asian owners in Birmingham’s restaurant industry. One taken-for-granted but evidently important element to which this article draws attention is location, which emerges as one of the key points of differentiation within the ethnic business community. Location is seen to influence individual access to market potential, an unevenly distributed resource largely shaped by local social geography. At the same time, entry into more lucrative market niches is heavily dependent on the possession of other resources such as capital, information and in some instances management skills.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1468-2427.00361
Uncontrolled keywords: small business ethnicity entrepreneurs minority workers sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Samantha Osborne
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:11 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:39 UTC
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