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Labelling the Economy

Qualities and Values in Contemporary Markets

Editors: Laurent, Brice, Mallard, Alexandre (Eds.)

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  • Gathers empirical analysis of labeling processes in a variety of domains, including agri-food, the construction sector, retail and health
  • Offers a fresh and valuable contribution to the growing field of studies that engage with a range of market-related activities
  • Addresses issues that have become pervasive in economic and political life, and even more so in the context of a growing concern for sustainability
  • Demonstrates the productivity of an investigation that accounts for the diversity of labeling practices
  • Builds on a plurality of interrelated conceptual perspectives on labeling 
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This collected volume analyses labelling as a political and economic operation. It gathers contributions that focus on various domains, including the agri-food sector, the construction sector, eco-labelling, retail, health public policies and the energy sector, considering the use of labels for various objectives, such as providing legal and technical data on consumption products, certifying their quality, and indicating the approval of professional or political authorities. These practices are tied to both public and private interventions that make civic concerns visible and aim to govern them. The book considers ‘labelling the economy’ as an operation that introduces political questions into the economic realm, while also importing economic modes of reasoning into governance interventions. In doing so, the book considers the sociotechnical apparatus on which any label relies as a nexus where economic and political considerations are brought together.

About the authors

Brice Laurent is senior researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation at the Ecole des Mines ParisTech, PSL Research University, France.
Alexandre Mallard is Director of the Center for the Sociology of Innovation at the Ecole des Mines ParisTech, PSL Research University, France. 

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“The authors of this powerful new collection take us on a thorough investigation of the political and economic texture of labelling in modern markets. Together, studies of such matters as food, prices, property, energy and sustainable construction, explore labels as central to the functioning of markets and their politicization. What we learn as readers is that labels introduce a continual process of qualification, of which this blurb is a part.” (Professor Daniel Neyland, Head of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, Author of Can Markets Solve Problems)
“This vivid and inspiring book asks how labelling products across a wide range of sectors is turned into a powerful instrument of market governance by public and private stakeholders. It should be read by all those who are concerned with understanding the politics of modern markets.” (Pascale Trompette, Senior Research Fellow, CNRS, University of Grenoble Alpes)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction Labels in Economic and Political Life: Studying Labelling in Contemporary Markets

    Pages 1-31

    Laurent, Brice (et al.)

  • Contested Terrain: The Ongoing Struggles over Food Labels, Standards and Standards for Labels

    Pages 33-58

    Busch, Lawrence

  • Labelling Agroecology: A Study of Valuation Processes in Developing Countries

    Pages 59-90

    Loconto, Allison Marie

  • Energy and Sustainability Labels in the Commercial Office Market in the UK

    Pages 91-123

    Cass, Noel

  • The Role of Standards and Exemplars in Consolidating Labels for Sustainable Construction

    Pages 125-150

    Boxenbaum, Eva (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Labelling the Economy
Book Subtitle
Qualities and Values in Contemporary Markets
Editors
  • Brice Laurent
  • Alexandre Mallard
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-1498-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-1498-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-1497-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 278
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
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