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A ‘poor man’s carriage’: system building and social interactivity in UK urban tramway development, 1860-1890

A ‘poor man’s carriage’: system building and social interactivity in UK urban tramway development, 1860-1890

Coles, Anne-Marie ORCID: 0000-0002-0383-9253, Clarke, Ian and Piterou, Athena ORCID: 0000-0003-4138-113X (2023) A ‘poor man’s carriage’: system building and social interactivity in UK urban tramway development, 1860-1890. Industrial and Corporate Change. ISSN 0960-6491 (Print), 1464-3650 (Online) (In Press)

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Abstract

Socio-technical dynamics that influenced emergence of urban tramways during the nineteenth century are investigated, considering the role of dominant discourses in normalising new systems. The concept of system builders is used to explain how new projects recruit public support. Infrastructures are socially structuring, reconfiguring governance practices and social norms. The 1870 Tramways Act attempted to adjudicate between competing interests, which shaped the context for new tramway routes. This case identifies constraints faced by system builders and indicates that their interaction with prevailing socio-political contexts impacts on system development and stability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: large technical systems; history of technology; infrastructure changes; tramway history
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Business > Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (IPEGFA)
Faculty of Business > Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (IPEGFA) > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 12:34
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/38143

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