This chapter presents a reflection upon the motivations behind the behaviours of social entrepreneurs. It argues that social entrepreneurship has, like entrepreneurship more generally, been adopted as a universally positive phrase. That for politicians and practitioners the concept of being a ‘social entrepreneur’ is inherently a ‘good thing’. However, the chapter maintains that in fact such a label is socially constructed. Indeed, when viewed through a geographical or gender perspective, the term rapidly loses cohesion. Instead, therefore, the chapter maintains that the motivations of individual actors are themselves socially constructed and understood.
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