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Career patterns in the British chemical profession in the twentieth century

Mackie, Robin and Roberts, Gerrylynn K. (2004). Career patterns in the British chemical profession in the twentieth century. In: Mitch, David; Brown, John and Van Leeuwen, Marco H. D. eds. Origins of the modern career. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, pp. 317–336.

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This paper uses material on the careers of chemists in the twentieth century from the ‘Studies of the British Chemical Community, 1880-1970’ project to place the experiences of chemists in the context of this dynamic new research area. The paper highlights the way that the values associated with a traditional professional ‘ideal type’ of the independent practitioner were retained despite a marked shift to salaried employment during the twentieth century. Career mobility amongst chemists was underpinned by these values and by the transferability of their core skills.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 0-7546-3496-5, 978-0-7546-3496-6
Keywords: chemistry; chemists; careers; profession; professional careers
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 10757
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Date Deposited: 23 May 2008
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:09
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