As a holiday treat, we are happy to announce the fourth issue of Valuation Studies. Volume 2(2) is available for download and contains four items:
• The editorial note “Valuation studies and the critique of valuation” is co-authored by all 10 members of the new board of editors and explores different themes and positions related to critique and the study of valuations for the purposes of making them discussable.
• In “‘We Was Regenerated Out’: Regeneration, Recycling and De-valuing Communities” Luna Glucksberg examines urban regeneration and community displacement in the inner-city through a perspective focused on concepts of waste and value. Raising questions about the parallels and contradictions between regeneration and recycling, it shows how symbolic devaluation of specific areas and their inhabitants are necessary precursors of the physical demolition and removal that characterize regeneration processes.
• “Contingencies of value: Devices and conventions at a design school admission test” by Sara Malou Strandvad investigates the contingencies of aesthetic values as these become visible in assessment practices. The paper rejects a storyline where the admission test is described as a matter of overcoming ‘subjective’ aesthetic evaluations by means of ‘objective’ and standardized assessment criteria. As an alternative, the paper outlines the contingencies of values which are at play at the admission test, composed of official assessment criteria and scoring devices together with conventions within the world of design, and set in motion by interactions with the objects that applicants submit.
• The final article, “Weight, Density and Space in the Norwegian Reindeer Crisis—Notes towards a Critique”, by Hugo Reinert critically engages with certain core issues in the current management of Norwegian pastoralism. Tracing the work and structure of the weight concept as applied to reindeer—against a dominant government narrative that parses numerical indicators as neutral, objective and apolitical—the paper outlines some of the erasures that the weight metric simultaneously carries out and occludes.
We are, in conjunction with the publication of the second full volume, furthermore on the journal website acknowledging all reviewers who have been involved in performing the crucial task of peer review since the reception of the first manuscripts in June 2012.
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.
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.