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Value Practices in the Life Sciences and Medicine$
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Isabelle Dussauge, Claes-Fredrik Helgesson, and Francis Lee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689583.001.0001

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Enacting values from the sea

Enacting values from the sea

On innovation devices, value practices, and the co-modifications of markets and bodies in aquaculture

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Value Practices in the Life Sciences and Medicine

Kristin Asdal

Oxford University Press

The present chapter analyses innovation strategies employed to transform the Atlantic cod into a farmed species. Integral to the analysis is the argument that policy documents and innovation strategies are lively value agents; they are innovation devices for valuing and timing values. Theoretically the paper teases out crucial tensions between different approaches to the study of value and valuation: recent contributions in economic sociology arguing that we need to grasp how actors socially construct values versus Marxist-oriented contributions that prefer to trace how life itself has become the source of value and the productive force. The chapter argues for the need to explore the means; the devices by which values are enacted, and to find ways to include both the materiality of objects as well as the meaning construction work involved. In trying this out, the chapter suggests a conceptual toolbox including the notions co-modification, biocapitalization.

Keywords:   co-modification, biocapitalization, timing, innovation devices, fish farming, innovation strategies, documents, valuation practices

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