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Von performativität zu generativität: Bewertung und ihre Folgen im Kontext der Digitalisierung

Mennicken, Andrea and Kornberger, Martin (2021) Von performativität zu generativität: Bewertung und ihre Folgen im Kontext der Digitalisierung. KZfSS Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie.

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11577-021-00755-x


In this article we explore (1) how the study of valuation practices can illuminate the relationships between comparison, classification, and measurement, and (2) how a focus on valuation practices can be used to critically analyze the conditions and consequences of new digital formats, such as comparison portals, recommender systems, and screening and scoring techniques. Departing from the view that value either resides in the mind of the subject (as preference) or is an objective property of a good, we argue that it is through valuation practices and technologies such as ratings, rankings, and other evaluative infrastructures that a good can be estimated as valuable or not. We develop an analytical framework for the study of interactive, digitized valuation technologies and propose that an analysis of such technologies can be enhanced by focusing on 1) evaluative infrastructures as regimes of valuation (as opposed to a narrow focus on individual devices); 2) protocol as the specific power effect of evaluative infrastructures, where, paradoxically (and in opposition to disciplinary power regimes), power is at once distributed and concentrated; and 3) the generative potential of such valuation regimes, i.e., the production of new values and categorizations through digital evaluative infrastructures (rather than performativity).

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2021 11:18
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 02:48

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