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Corporate Space


Moore, R, Corporate Space, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics, Routledge, Seybold, M and Chihara, M (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 210-218. ISBN 9781138190870 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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The incorporated joint-stock company, ancestor of the modern corporation, developed slowly and unevenly in Victorian Britain. Its emergence as a business form and as a legal form was controversial, contested, and not at all inevitable; it was not the product of an emergent liberal–capitalist consensus, nor an urgent economic necessity (Ireland 2010; Loftus 2009; Taylor 2006). In 1844, there were only 947 joint-stock companies in England, and by 1885, after decades of corporate law liberalization, such companies only represented between 5% and 10% of all English business organizations ( Johnson 2006, p. 219). Nonetheless, the incorporated joint-stock company was a persistent source of cultural anxiety. As an impersonal vehicle for transacting business beyond the boundaries of a knowable community, the incorporated joint-stock company collaborated in the incomplete and fitful disentanglement of business from personal relationships, personal character, and personal responsibility.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:literature, economics, corporations, corporate space
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:North American literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Moore, R (Dr Robbie Moore)
ID Code:117798
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-06-27
Last Modified:2018-12-19

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