Skip navigation

Non-linear discourse and control of technology: The Pharmaceutical Society and poisons legislation in nineteenth century Britain

Non-linear discourse and control of technology: The Pharmaceutical Society and poisons legislation in nineteenth century Britain

Coles, Anne-Marie (2015) Non-linear discourse and control of technology: The Pharmaceutical Society and poisons legislation in nineteenth century Britain. Sociology. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0038-0385 (Print), 1469-8684 (Online) (doi:10.1177/0038038515588471)

[img]
Preview
PDF (Author Accepted Manuscript)
13661_Coles_Non_linear_discourse_and_control_(AAM)_2015.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (169kB)
[img] PDF (Acceptance letter)
13661_Coles_Acceptance_e-mail_2015.pdf - Additional Metadata
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (52kB)

Abstract

The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was established in 1841 to represent the interests of its members, many of whom were small chemist and druggist retailers. Throughout the century this institution attempted to influence new policies designed to control the sale of poisonous substances routinely held by these shopkeepers. Using its in-house publication, the Pharmaceutical Journal, the Society argued for recognition of chemists and druggists as experts in the storage and distribution of poisons. This article examines the discursive strategy adopted by the Pharmaceutical Society in its attempts retain control over sale of chemicals. Its activities are analysed both in respect to the complex and socially embedded nature of chemical products, and to the technocratic nature of its claims.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Socio-technical complexity, Poisons legislation, Pharmaceutical Society, Discursive strategy
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 14:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13661

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics