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Professional identity and organisation in a technical occupation: the emergence of chemical engineering in Britain, ca 1915-1930

Divall, C., Donnelly, J.F., and Johnston, S.F. (1999) Professional identity and organisation in a technical occupation: the emergence of chemical engineering in Britain, ca 1915-1930. Contemporary British History, 13 (4). pp. 56-81. ISSN 1361-9462 (doi:10.1080/13619469908581560)

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Abstract

The emergence in Britain of chemical engineering, by mid century the fourth largest engineering specialism, was a hesitant and long drawn out process. This article analyses the organisational politics behind the recognition of the technical occupation and profession from the First World War through to the end of the 1920s. The collective sense of professional identity among nascent 'chemical engineers' developed rapidly during this time owing to associations which promoted their cause among potential patrons.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Chemistry, chemical engineering, First World War, WWI, Britain, industry, identity, profession, occupation, discipline, competition
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Johnston, Prof Sean
Authors: Divall, C., Donnelly, J.F., and Johnston, S.F.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Contemporary British History
ISSN:1361-9462

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