Endorsements & reviews


Review by Nathan Emmerich in Sociology of Health and Illness [published 24 November 2015]

Interview on NewBooksNetwork

Interview of editors by Dave O’Brien [posted 25 September 2015]

Endorsements from the back cover

‘People’s and societies’ values aren’t fixed and innate. They are forged in practice, in every day settings, and often as the result of conflict. This important new book focusses on exactly how this happens.’
Donald MacKenzie, Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh

‘In spite of routine attempts to neatly separate facts from values in the course of debates and controversies, decades of work in the field of Science & Technology Studies have led to the increasing recognition that these two components are closely intertwined. This insight, however, has more often than not been used as a starting point for analyzing the production of facts, taking values for granted. This volume addresses this glaring imbalance. Recognizing that values are the outcome, not the cause, of valuation practices, and following up on recent calls to shift attention from matters of fact to matters of concern, the authors of this collection, in their own distinctive ways, explore how different kinds of values are generated, modified, performed, assembled, and articulated with epistemic matters in a variety of settings. The resulting ‘valuographic’ research program is an ambitious attempt to replace predefined explanatory hierarchies and one-sided buzzwords (e.g., ‘biocapital’) with empirical investigations of values in the making.’
Alberto Cambrosio, Professor & Chair, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University

‘Life sciences are saturated with ‘value talks’. This book provides insights into practices, and devices, through which what matters, how and to whom, are shaped and dealt with in a variety of sites. From a cod farm to healthcare markets, from algorithms allocating organs to be transplanted to clinical registry networks, it makes the reader literally sense that values do not stand ‘out there’, but are deeply ingrained in the making of life sciences. And this book does more: it offers an attractive program to the field of valuation studies, which hopefully, will come to fruition in the near future.’
Vololona Rabeharisoa, Professor, Center for the Sociology of Innovation, Mines ParisTech

‘The era of small government and big economy is a testing time for STS. Do we live in post-critical times? Maybe. Irrespective of our disagreements over the fate of skepticism, we need to grind new analytic lenses. This book, which helps us see that epistemic practices are a species of valuation practices, refracts valuing in new ways.’
Helen Verran, Professor, Charles Darwin University
Other endorsements

Value Practices in the Life Sciences in Medicine provides important contributions to progress in the health care sector of today. The book deals with the very core of value-thinking at a level far beyond the current trend concerned with valuebased health care.’
Mats Tyrstrup, Assistant Professor, Stockholm School of Economics

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