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Making Things Valuable$
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Martin Kornberger, Lise Justesen, Jan Mouritsen, and Anders Koed Madsen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712282.001.0001

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The Enactment of Economic Things

The Enactment of Economic Things

The Objects of Insurance

(p.187) 9 The Enactment of Economic Things
Making Things Valuable

José Ossandón

Oxford University Press

This chapter rehearses a research agenda that studies economic processes by following the enactment of economic objects. ‘Objects’ in this chapter does not refer to the material elements used to frame market encounters nor the set of tools that enable economic calculation. It refers, instead, to those things that are sold, priced, and exchanged in markets. The chapter is composed of two main parts. In the first part, the process of bringing a new economic object forth is named ‘enactment’ and three different types of enacting economic objects are distinguished: ‘good singularization’, ‘delimitation of property’, and ‘commoditization’. In the second part, the three distinguished modes of enactment are illustrated with stories taken from one particular case, private health insurance in Chile. In the terms of this book, this chapter elaborates a conceptual base to study valuation processes happening at different sites that together work in making insurance valuable.

Keywords:   economic objects, enactment, good, commoditization, property, insurance, health insurance

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