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Chemical Careers in Postwar Britain: Centrifugal Discipline / Centripetal Profession?

Mackie, Robin and Roberts, Gerrylynn (2008). Chemical Careers in Postwar Britain: Centrifugal Discipline / Centripetal Profession? In: Bertomeu-Sánchez, José Ramón; Burns, Duncan Thorburn and Van Tiggelen, Brigitte eds. Neighbours and Territories: The Evolving Identity of Chemistry. Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium: Mémosciences asbl, pp. 565–573.

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Current discussions arguing that the discipline of chemistry has undergone an irreversible process of fragmentation since the Second World War tend to focus on chemical research. This paper argues that, despite perceived fragmentation in that respect, there remained a recognizable pedagogical discipline of chemistry based on the transmission of core knoweldge and skills. In the case of British chemistry, pedagogically-based arguments from the 1840s about the practicalities of framing a teachable subject remained - and remain - potent.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 2-9600815-0-1, 978-2-9600815-0-3
Extra Information: Proceedings from the 6th International Conference on the History of Chemistry - "The Evolving Identity of Chemistry" - held in Leuven, Belgium 28th August - 1 September 2007
Keywords: History of chemistry; British chemical profession; history of British chemical education
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: 12976
Depositing User: Gerrylynn Roberts
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2009 04:03
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:17
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