In this paper we propose to test the elasticity of the centre-periphery model when applied to the technologies of mobility at the turn of the 20th century, by introducing a quantitative approach based on a set of critical variables. As a tool for historical analysis the centre-periphery model allows to historicize the notion of “European science and technology” by bringing to the surface its heterogeneity and by strongly criticizing the diffusionist model, and it calls for a continuous reappraisal of the very concepts in which it relies. The analysis presented in this paper stems from the very plasticity of the model and it aims at providing an additional tool for refining the current debate on peripheral mobilities. We propose to use a quantitative method based on Critical Variables to further discuss this concept. The analysis of these Critical Variables reflect the condition of the country, region or city on a centre-periphery scheme, in a two-dimensional diagram. We will use the Portuguese case and focus on two sets of data: the evolution of car body manufacturers and the development of the motor taxicabs industry. Furthermore, by analysing borderline regions between centres and the peripheries we hope to encourage future comparative studies that will sharpen the European scenario on mobility.
|Title of host publication||Peripheral Flows. A Historical Perspective on Mobilities between Cores and Fringes|
|Editors||Simone Fari, Massimo Moraglio|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scolars Publishers|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - May 2016|
- automobile industry