The article reveals the life trajectories of Russian entrepreneurs in the context of four modern institutions of socialization which determine individual career paths—family, education, social environment and professional experience. Our empirical data were 20 semi-structured narrative interviews with entrepreneurs analyzed based on grounded theory (open and axial coding). We analyzed individual life trajectories as “trees of choices,” where the main branches are institutions of socialization, and the subsequent branches—individual life features. Finally, we showed the meanings of each institution and found out the determining role of gender and the city of socialization. The empirical output is a model of life trajectories, which we plan to test in a future survey using the strategy of mixed methods research.
Entrepreneur, Individual Life Trajectories, Institutions of Socialization, Mixed Methods Research
This article was prepared as part of the Project "Intergenerational social mobility from XX to XXI century: Four generations of Russian history,", supported by the Russian Science Foundation, grant № 14– 28–00217.
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Poylova, A., & Polukhina, E. (2017). Biography as a “Tree of Choices”: Discovering the Life Trajectories of Young Entrepreneurs in Russia. The Qualitative Report, 22(5), 1259-1268. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2146