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Making news of value: exploiting dissonances in economic journalism

[Nuevo artículo de Tomás Undurraga en Journal of Cultural Economy]

Making news of value: exploiting dissonances in economic journalism

Tomás Undurraga


This article explores the multiple modes of valuation that pervade newsmaking in economic journalism. It does so by exploring the different ways in which journalists at Valor Econômico, the leading economic newspaper in Brazil, compete and cooperate in the production of news. Valor is a paradigmatic case for discussing valuation practices in newsmaking since its institutional promise is to produce news of value. How, if at all, do Valor journalists embrace the promise of producing news that generates value? Elaborating on Stark’s (2009. The sense of dissonance. Accounts of worth in economic life. Princeton University Press) idea of dissonance, it is contended that different orders of worth collide and cooperate within Valor newsroom. Moreover, journalists engage in a variety of valuation practices through which these orders of worth are shaped, defined, and refined, reflecting different understandings of economy and society, and different conceptions of what journalism is good for. I argue that Valor’s direction intentionally fosters a plural space of value dissonance in order to improve the quality of news reporting. I emphasise, however, that these dissonances are only productive against a larger background of consonance about what actually there is to disagree about. The article is based on a seven-month ethnography of Valor’s newsroom in São Paulo between 2013 and 2015. Continue reading


Workshop: Social Studies of the Economy in Latin America, UCL July 1

[El 1 de Julio se llevará a cabo el workshop: “Social Studies of the Economy in Latin America” en UCL-Londres. Un excelente programa lleno de contribuidores de este blog]  

In recent years there has been a renewed interest in research offering a close-up examination of economic life. In particular, ethnographic research has increasingly shed light on the multiple ways in which economy, culture and technology intersect, and in which the economy as an object is constituted and performed. Fertile inquiry has been conducted into the world of economic policy-making and expertise, the media’s role in the public economic discussion, the configuration of markets and economic subjects, the nature of economic calculation and its material devices, and the variety of economic knowledges, among other topics. This workshop will focus on the social studies of the economy in Latin America. It aspires to bring together a plurality of perspectives on the social nature of the economy in the region, and to discuss the advantages, limitations and challenges of the social studies of the economy for understanding Latin America’s political economy.

When: Friday 1st, July 2016. Where: Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL. Continue reading

Video de la charla de Fabian Muniesa en UDP: ¿A dónde va la antropología del valor financiero?

Making news, making the economy: Technological changes and financial pressures in Brazil

Tomás Undurraga has just published the article ‘Making news, making the economy: Technological changes and financial pressures in Brazil’ in the journal Cultural Sociology. The article is open access so it can be downloaded from the journal’s page. The abstract reads as follow:

Media convergence and growing financial pressure on the journalistic field have triggered significant changes in newsmaking cultures across the world. This article examines the challenges of media convergence in the newsroom of Valor Econômico, the main economic newspaper in Brazil. In particular, it explores how the introduction in 2013 of Valor Pro, a real time news service oriented to the financial market, changed newsmaking practices at Valor Econômico. The introduction of Valor Pro meant that journalists from the whole newsroom had to report news simultaneously for three platforms: the real time service, the online website and the printed paper. This shift not only intensified journalists’ workloads and altered the manufacture of news, but also increased financial pressure on the paper’s agenda. I argue that this shift – from producing news for the public towards producing news for the market – cannot be explained solely with reference to traditional political economic factors such as ideological decisions at editorial level and the structural properties of the Brazilian media sphere. Instead, drawing on resources from cultural sociology and from science and technology studies, I provide a richer explanation that acknowledges the impact of technological innovation, the shifting nature of news values, and the agency of journalists themselves. This article elaborates on seven months of ethnographic fieldwork in Valor Econômico’s newsroom in São Paulo between 2013 and 2015 and contributes to the literature on cultural sociology, media studies and science and technology studies.

Cfp_Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies Viña del Mar 2016

Del 6 al 9 de abril de 2016 se llevará a cabo la Sexta versión de LAEMOS (“Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies”) en Viña del Mar en Chile. Tal como EGOS (asociación de la que LAEMOS es una especie de filial regional), la conferencia se organiza en sub-conferencias por lo que los interesados en participar deben postular sus resúmenes según sub-themes. El plazo para enviar resúmenes es el 10 de noviembre. De los 14 sub-themes, tres están co-organizados por colaboradores de Estudios de la Economía:

Sub-Theme #3: Freedom VS. Equality? Disorganization and Subversion in Capitalist Democracy. Convenors: Alison Pullen; Carl Rhodes; Javier Hernández; Juan Espinosa.

Sub-Theme #8: Organization and The Ethics Of Office. Convenors: Anne Roelsgaard Obling; Kirstine Zinck Pedersen; Paul Du Gay; Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth; Vicente Sisto Campos.

Sub-Theme #12: The Organization of Multiple and Contested Modes of Valuation. Convenors: Christian Frankel; José Ossandón; Juan Espinosa; Tomás Ariztía; Trine Pallesen.

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Making Things Valuable

Making Things ValuableOxford University Press acaba de publicar el libro Making Things Valuable editado por Martin Kornberger, Lise Justesen, Anders Koed Madsen & Jan Mouritsen. El libro incluye capítulos de temas y autores discutidos frecuentemente en este blog. Por ejemplo, el capítulo 1 de Wendy Espeland y Stacy Lom “Noticining Numbers: how quantification changes what we see and what we don’t”; el capítulo 5 de Liliana Doganova y Fabian Muniesa “Capitalization Devices: Business Models and the renewal of markets”; el capítulo 6 de Trine Pallesen “Valuable Assemblages – Or Assembling Values”; o el capítulo 11 de Celia Lury y Noortje Marres “Notes on Objectual Valuation”. El contribuidor de este blog José Ossandón es el autor del capítulo 9 “The enactment of economic things: The objects of insurance”.


La introducción al volume está disponible en Continue reading

Moments of Valuation Exploring Sites of Dissonance

Moments of Valuation Exploring Sites of DissonanceOxford University Press acaba de publicar Moments of Valuation. Exploring Sites of Dissonance editado por Ariane Berthoin Antal, Michael Hutter y David Stark. El libro incluye el capítulo ‘Epistemic Dissonance: Reconfiguring Valuation in Architectural Practice’ del colaborador de este blog Ignacio Farías.

Cfp_Workshop Everyday Market Lives

[From Charisma-Network] Call for a papers for a Workshop in the Sociology Department at the University of Warwick, February 13th 2015. Everyday Market Lives. Organised by Lynne Pettinger (Sociology, Warwick) and Liz Moor (Media & Communications, Goldsmiths)*. Deadline for abstracts: 31st October  2014.

Capitalist societies routinely ask people to make judgements of value and worth, and to decide between an array of competing choices, as part of their everyday lives. Economic knowledge and expertise is thus not something that resides only with bankers, financial journalists and government accountants; it exists in a tacit form within the routines of daily life in capitalist society, and is a key part of people’s experiences at work, in consumption, in leisure, in media use, in practices of caring for children and elderly relatives, or in financial planning and household management.  Continue reading