Constructing Quality The Classification of Goods in Markets

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  • Copyright: 2013-07-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Jens Beckert is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and Professor of Sociology at the University of Cologne. He has held visiting positions at Princeton University, Harvard University, Cornell University, the European University Institute, and Sciences Po in Paris. The main focus of his research is economic sociology with a special emphasis on markets, organization studies, the sociology of inheritance and social theory. He is the author of two monographs on the sociology of markets (Princeton University Press 2002) and on the sociology of inheritance (PUP 2008). His articles have been published in journals such as Theory & Society, Sociological Theory, Organization Studies, and the European Journal of Sociology.

Christine Musselin is the director of the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, a research unit of Sciences Po and the CNRS. She has been a DAAD fellow in 1984-1985 and a Fulbright and Harvard fellow in 1998-1999. She has held visiting positions at Harvard University and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Her work focuses on comparative studies on university governance, public policies in higher education and research, state-universities relationships, and academic labor markets. She is the author of two monographs on the French higher education system (Presses Universitaires de France 2001) and on the academic labor market in France, Germany, and the US (Presses de Sciences Po 2005), that were both edited in English by Routledge. Her articles have been published by Sociologie du Travail, Revue Francaise de Sociologie, Revue Francaise de Science Politique, and Higher Education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Jens Beckert and Christine Musselin
Part I Investing in Quality
2. Realizing Dreams, Proving Thrift: How Product Demonstrations Qualify Financial Objects and Subjects, Zsuzsanna Vargha
3. Quality and Temporality in Timber Markets, Patrik Aspers
4. A Good Match: Appraising Worth and Estimating Quality in School Choice, Agnes van Zanten
Part II The Quality of Labor
5. Uncertainties Regarding Applicant Quality: The Anonymous Resume Put to the Test, Emmanuelle Marchal
6. Evaluation Practices in Internal Labor Markets: Constructing Engineering Managers Qualification in French and German Automotive Firms, Philipp Gerlach
Part III The Quality of Aesthetic Goods
7. Account of the Past: Mechanisms of Quality Construction in the Market for Antiques, Elena Bogdanova
8. Seeing the World through Common Lenses? The Case of French Contemporary Poetry, Sebastien Dubois, Pierre Francois
Part IV The Morality of Quality
9. Halal and the Moral Construction of Quality: How Religious Norms Turn a Mass Product into a Singularity, Frans van Waarden and Robin van Dalen
10. Qualification under Moral Constraints: The Funeral Purchase as a Problem of Valuation, Dominic Akyel
Part V Consuming Quality
11. From Qualities to Value: Demand Shaping and Market Control in Mass Consumption Markets, Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier
12. Fake Qualities: Assessing the Value of Counterfeit Goods, Frank Wehinger
13. Quality Classifications in Competition: Price Formation in the German Wine Market, Jorg Rossel and Jens Beckert
14. Vigorous Verbs: Conveying the Action of People Producing Qualities, Wendy Nelson Espeland

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