Quotation Kornberger, Martin, Justesen, Lise, Madsen, Anders Koed, Mouritsen, Jan. 2015. Introduction: Making Things Valuable. In: Making Things Valuable, Hrsg. Martin Kornberger, Lise Justesen, Jan Mouritsen, Anders Koed Madsen, 1-17. Oxford: Oxford University Press.




The introduction offers a critique of the debate between economic sociologists, anthropologists of markets, and economists on valuation, and suggests understanding valuation as an activity. This introduction investigates the practices, processes, and technologies through which things are made valuable. Empirically, this calls for a focus on rankings, ratings, reviews, standards, classifications, categorizations, and myriad other practices and devices that calculate, make commensurable, and evaluate objects. The authors outline the contours of the valuation debate by focusing on two distinct arguments, one involving an economics reading of value that collapses the plurality of values into one principle—that of utility; and one comprising an economic sociology reading that argues for distinct orders of worth that maintain the plurality of intersecting values. The introduction explains how this volume departs from this discussion by shifting the focus onto the valuation devices and practices that constitute values in the first place.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Introduction: Making Things Valuable
Title of whole publication Making Things Valuable
Editor Martin Kornberger, Lise Justesen, Jan Mouritsen, Anders Koed Madsen
Page from 1
Page to 17
Location Oxford
Publisher Oxford University Press
Year 2015
Reviewed? Y
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712282.003.0001
ISBN 9780198712282
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Kornberger, Martin (Details)
Justesen, Lise (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Madsen, Anders Koed (Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark)
Mouritsen, Jan (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
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