Subjectivity LTD: The Discourse of Liability in the Joint Stock Companies Act of 1856 and Gaskell's Cranford

@article{Miller1994SubjectivityLT,
  title={Subjectivity LTD: The Discourse of Liability in the Joint Stock Companies Act of 1856 and Gaskell's Cranford},
  author={Andrew H. Miller},
  journal={ELH},
  year={1994},
  volume={61},
  pages={139 - 157}
}
With the passage of the Joint Stock Companies Act of 1856, "a sort of legal monster" was born; composed of many people, and yet legally considered "as one single person," the limited corporations allowed by the Act vexed the notions of subjectivity then current in economic and legal discourse.' In allowing the individual members of corporate bodies to limit their financial responsibility for the debts of those corporations, the Act distinguished sharply between private and public identities-as… 
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