Networking with a network: the Liverpool African Committee 1750-1810

Haggerty, J. ORCID: 0000-0003-3736-5719 and Haggerty, S., 2017. Networking with a network: the Liverpool African Committee 1750-1810. Enterprise & Society. ISSN 1467-2227

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Historians are increasingly using networks as an analytical framework. However, recent research has stressed the inherent problems with networks, including networking institutions. We therefore have to consider why and in what ways actors do, or did, engage with networks. This paper posits a novel interdisciplinary methodology by bringing together regression analysis, visual analytics and history to analyse actors’ relationships with an institution, rather than with one another. This methodology, illustrated by the case study of the Liverpool African Committee, 1750-1810, demonstrates that actors’ relationships with an institution may be affective or instrumental, reflecting different relationships with, and uses of, the network. Moreover, actors’ relationships with an institution are not static and change over time. The methodology and case study presented in this paper suggest a reassessment of our understanding of metropolitan business networking institutions to reflect the complexity of their use.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Enterprise & Society
Creators: Haggerty, J. and Haggerty, S.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 7 March 2017
ISSN: 1467-2227
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Oct 2016 12:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:07

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