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Title:Kinship obligations and entrepeneurship: conflicting or complementary?
Author:Isaac, Barry L.
Periodical:Sierra Leone Studies
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Abstract:This paper discusses the relationship that kinship obligations bear to capital formation and to entrepreneurial growth and success. Most of Sierra Leone's petty traders are traditional entrepreneurs, as are most of her craftsmen. The discussion is addressed to the argument in the literature as to whether the pervasive ties of kinship and of in-group friendship in pre-industrial societies aid or deter the emergence of indigenous entrepreneurs. With regard to this issue there exist some controversional opinions among scholars. The author demonstrates that there is no single, invariant relationship between kinship obligations and entrepreneurship among market-women, petty shopkeepers, carpenters, and tailors in Pendembu. By judiciopus selection one could make a case either for or against the view that pervasive kinship obligations are inimical to capital formation and enterprise. Pendembu shows varieties according to individual personality factors and the type of economic activity involved. Notes.