We are delighted to announce the publication of issue 4(2) of Valuation Studies. It contains five items:
• In the opening editorial note, co-Editor-in-Chief Claes-Fredrik Helgesson takes an episode of the TV series Black Mirror to reflect on instances where many valuation practices are feeding and impinging on one another. With what means and efforts are such foldings brought about and with what consequences? He takes the many valuation practices related to scholarly journal publishing as an empirical site for elaborating these reflections.
• Erwin Dekker develops in his contribution the notion of exemplars to study valuation processes. He argues that exemplary goods are an important ‘judgment device’ on markets of singular goods, which has so far been ignored in the literature. Two illustrative cases, on classic literature and hip-hop music, are presented to demonstrate the relevance of the concept.
• Amalie Martinus Hauge examines the interplay between multiple modes of valuation in her paper titled “The Organizational Valuation of Valuation Devices.” The study in particular directs attention to the fact that many spaces, including organizations, are already filled with practices and ideas that constitute what is valuable. The paper suggests that an organizational turn is relevant for valuation studies.
• In “Handling Rejection as Failure”, Henrik Fürst examines aspiring fiction writers’ responses to rejection. Fürst outlines four main approaches to dealing with failure: conceding, excusing, justifying, and refusing. This conceptual framework for understanding failure contributes to a theoretical understanding of how it is to be an object of valuation and evaluations processes.
• The final contribution of 4(2) is a conference note by Julian Jürgenmeyer and Karoline Krenn. They take the contributions to the conference “Classification Situations in Markets” held in Berlin in June 2015 as a starting point to discuss the sociological implications of the of the spread of digital techniques for classifying market actors, especially with regard to processes of social stratification.
Valuation Studies is committed to foster valuable conversations in the new transdisciplinary and emerging field of valuation studies. Valuation here denotes any social practice where the value or values of something is established, assessed, negotiated, provoked, maintained, constructed and/or contested. The journal provides a space for the assessment and diffusion of research that is produced at the interface of a variety of approaches from several disciplines, including: sociology, economic sociology, science and technology studies, management and organisation studies, social and cultural anthropology, market studies, institutional perspectives in economics, accounting studies, cultural geography, philosophy, and literary studies. The first issues of Valuation Studies were published in 2013 and all previous issues are available here.
Valuation Studies is a proud member of the open access initiative Libraria that research cooperative alternatives in academic publishing. The publication of Valuation Studies is done with support from The Swedish Research Council. Valuation Studies is recognised as a scholarly publication channel in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.