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Of course, trust is not the whole story: Narratives of dancing with a critical friend in social enterprise-public sector collaboration

Seanor, Pam

Authors

Pam Seanor Pam.Seanor@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Strategy & Enterprise



Contributors

Pascal Dey pascal.dey@unisg.ch
Editor

Chris Steyaert chris.steyaert@unisg.ch
Editor

Abstract

The chapter questions the adequacy of academic narratives which frame trust in univocally positive terms by conceiving it as an essential lubricant in cooperative relations between social enterprises and government. Based on interviews with social entrepreneurial practitioners and government officials in England, it demonstrates that trust, rather the forming a linear and stable "thing", is a fluid, constantly changing and contested social practice. Shedding light on the co-implication of trust and control, and the ubiquity of distrust, "calculative trust" and practitioner resistance, the chapter works as an injunction to rethink the centrality of trust in everyday life of social enterprises.

Publication Date Mar 1, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 159-181
Book Title Social Entrepreneurship An affirmative critique
ISBN 9781783474110
APA6 Citation Seanor, P. (2018). Of course, trust is not the whole story: Narratives of dancing with a critical friend in social enterprise-public sector collaboration. In P. Dey, & C. Steyaert (Eds.), Social Entrepreneurship An affirmative critique, 159-181. Edward Elgar Publishing
Keywords social enterprise, narrative, trust, dance, critical friend
Publisher URL https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/social-entrepreneurship-14857
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