Moments of Valuation: Exploring Sites of Dissonance

Hardcover | April 10, 2015

EditorAriane Berthoin Antal, Michael Hutter, David Stark

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The outcome of innovation processes are determined by complex, historically grown valuation practices. In this book, a wide range of innovations are taken into consideration, from small inventions like entertainment novelties to large societal changes through new technologies. The chaptersobserve the particular local or distributed sites in which their episodes of innovation take place, and they identify the initial dissonance among those judging a newly proposed alternative. The emphasis of the inquiry, however, is on the practices of valuation that are at work when somethingsucceeds in being "new".The authors represent a wide variety of sub-disciplines and national backgrounds in the social sciences. They share an interest in social valuation and a pragmatist approach. The differences between their empirical evidence reflect the wide variety of appearances that valuation takes in contemporarysociety. They are anthropologists, economic or cultural sociologists, organization researchers, historians or political scientists. A number of chapters deals with aesthetic valuation, as in the tasting of a new vintage, or in the socio-technical process that shaped successful synthesizer sounds.Other chapters discuss the judgment processes in organizations, like architect offices or consultancy firms, and processes of evaluation and valorization in larger fields of practice, like accounting or mathematics. The studies are both of interest in their various professional fields, andcontribute to a more general understanding of the social and cultural conditions under which innovations fail and succeed.

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The outcome of innovation processes are determined by complex, historically grown valuation practices. In this book, a wide range of innovations are taken into consideration, from small inventions like entertainment novelties to large societal changes through new technologies. The chaptersobserve the particular local or distributed si...

Ariane Berthoin Antal is senior fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, where she currently leads the research stream on "Artistic Interventions in Organizations" in the Research Unit "Cultural Sources of Newness." She is Distinguished Research Professor at Audencia Nantes School of Management in France and honorary professor a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Michael Hutter and David Stark: IntroductionPart I: Varieties of aesthetic valuation2. Trevor Pinch: Moments in the Valuation of Sound: The Early History of Synthesizers3. Antoine Hennion: Paying Attention: What is Tasting Wine About?4. Michael Hutter: Dissonant Translations: Artistic Sources of Innovation in Creative Industries5. John Brewer: Evaluating Valuation: Connoisseurship, Technology and Art Attribution in an American Court of Law6. Svetlana Kharchenkova and Olav Velthuis: An Evaluative Biography of Cynical Realism and Political PopPart II: Devices valorizing uncertain aesthetic experiences7. Phillipa Chong: Playing Nice, Being Mean, and the Space In Between: Book Critics and the Difficulties of Writing Bad Reviews8. Sophie Mutzel: Structures of the Tasted: Restaurant Reviews in Berlin Between 1995 and 20129. Anne-Sophie Trebuchet-Breitwiller: Making Things Precious: A Pragmatist Inquiry into the Valuation of Luxury PerfumesPart III: Valuation in fields of practice10. Claude Rosental: When Principles of Evaluation Clash: Assessing the Value of a Demonstration in Artificial Intelligence11. Andrea Mennicken and Michael Power: Accounting and the Plasticity of Valuation12. Liliana Doganova and Peter Karnoe: Clean and Profitable: Entangling Valuations in Environmental Entrepreneurship13. Holger Strassheim, Arlena Jung and Rebecca-Lea Korinek: Reframing Expertise: The Rise of Behavioral Insights and Interventions in Public PolicyPart IV: Valuation within organizations14. Ignacio Farias: Epistemic Dissonance: Reconfiguring Valuation in Architectural Practicepractice15. Ariane Berthoin Antal: Sources of Newness in Organizations: Sand, Oil, Energy, and Artists16. Kimberly Chong: Performing Worth: Shareholder Value and Management Consultancy in Post-Mao China