The first issue of volume 2 is now available for immediate download!
Volume 2(1) of Valuation Studies contains five items:
* An editorial note–"Valuation Is Work"– by the editors Claes-Fredrik Helgesson and Fabian Muniesa takes a look at the effort of valuation. The note takes the peer review process of academic journals as a site to reflect on how the very effort of valuation might entail transformations of that which is being assessed. They conclude that the labour of valuation ought to be added to the evolving agenda of valuation studies.
* In "A 'Democratization' of Markets?" Kevin Mellet, Thomas Beauvisage, Jean-Samuel Beuscart, and Marie Trespeuch examines the promise of market democratization conveyed by consumer rating and review websites in the restaurant industry. Their study shows that review websites contribute to the democratization of restaurant criticism, but that democratic ambitions conflicts with the need to produce fair and helpful recommendations.
* "Uncertainty and the Development of Evidence-Based Guidelines" by Esther van Loon and Roland Bal explores valuations of different kinds of knowledge in the making evidence-based guidelines in health care. They found three types of valuation work and that these have consequences for the credibility, and amount and kind of uncertainty evidence-based guidelines can include.
* In "Extending the Cosmopolitical Right to Non-Humans" is a review note by Helen Verran discussing Bruno Latour’s An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Modern, the wider move that accompanies the book and why readers of Valuation Studies need to take notice of this movement.
* Finally, in "Valuation Studies: A Collaborative Valuation in Practice" Gordon Haywood and Johan Nilsson and colleagues provides a discussion note on valuation studies as an emerging field from the viewpoint of a group PhD students. Based on impressions from the Valuation as Practice workshop at The University of Edinburgh in February 2014, they debate how they see, understand, and are inspired by the field of valuation studies.
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 two first issues of Valuation Studies were published in 2013 and are available here: Issue 1(1) and Issue 1(2).
New! Call for papers for special issue on ‘Valuing Tourism’. Download this call for papers here.
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