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Mennonite communities in Belize

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This paper addresses the entrepreneurial activities within different Mennonite communities in Belize and the way religious differentiation plays a role in their entrepreneurship. In spite of the fact that most Mennonites live quite isolated from the wider society, building upon their Christian beliefs, agricultural skills and a strong working ethos, they have been able to establish a strong and stable economic position within Belize. The paper specifically focuses on the interplay between religious and entrepreneurial differentiation and the way this influences the progressiveness of different Mennonite communities.

Keywords: Belize, Mennonite identity, religion, entrepreneurship, community, differentiation, entrepreneurial activities, ethnic enclaves, globalisation, business

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