Constructing an 'industry': the case of industrial gases, 1886–2006

Stokes, R. and Banken, R. (2015) Constructing an 'industry': the case of industrial gases, 1886–2006. Business History, 57(5), pp. 688-704. (doi:10.1080/00076791.2014.975123)

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Abstract

Historically minded social scientists who analyse business and industrial development over time – including business historians – often deploy the term ‘industry’ as if its meaning were both self-evident and unchanging through time. This article uses the case of the international industrial gases industry over the course of 12 decades to demonstrate some ways in which a more critical and dynamic view of ‘industry’ – in combination with recognition of the imperfect overlap between firms on the one hand and industries on the other – enables better understanding and analysis of both.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stokes, Professor Raymond
Authors: Stokes, R., and Banken, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Business History
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0007-6791
ISSN (Online):1743-7938
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Business History 57(5):688-704
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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