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Locating Value

Theory, Application and Critique, 1st Edition

Edited by Samantha Saville, Gareth Hoskins


256 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This book considers value as it is theorised, practiced, and critiqued from varied disciplinary perspectives. Value’s growing currency within social, cultural, and environmental policy is the latest manifestation of a long running faith in this concept.

Locating Value: Theory, Application and Critique examines how value features in contemporary society - how it is operationalized, endorsed, and contested. The 15 chapters represent a much-needed diverse and vibrant geographical engagement with value that reflects value’s conceptual flexibility. They lay value’s eclectic epistemic foundations; examine value’s ‘roll-out’ and legitimation across a range of policy fields; and outline its challenge, with international examples of where and how value touches down: from forest conservation in Indonesia, protected area management in arctic Svalbard, heritage planning in East Taiwan, local food networks in Canada and the UK; a re-developed Norwegian airport site, a Chicago market, urban development in Jiangsu Province China, a state park in the Californian mountains; to certification schemes for biodiversity offsetting in the UK and protection of the international night sky.

The book will be of interest to human geographers, political ecologists, heritage scholars and practitioners, planners and those working in public policy, as well as anyone with an interest in how valuation processes work.

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Notes on Contributors

  1. Locating Value: An Introduction
  2. Samantha Saville and Gareth Hoskins

    Part I: Knowing Value

  3. Spectral geometries: value sub specie spatii and sensuous supersensibility
  4. David B. Clarke and Marcus A. Doel

  5. Locating heritage value
  6. Kalliopi Fouseki, Joel Taylor, Margarita Díaz-Andreu, Sjoerd van der Linde and Ana Pereira-Roders

  7. Making values visible and real, but not necessarily monetised
  8. Wendy Miller

  9. "There’s no such thing as a unit of biodiversity": contesting value and biodiversity offsetting in England
  10. Guy Crawford

  11. Commensuration as value making: transforming nature in English biodiversity offsetting under the DEFRA metric
  12. Louise Carver

    Part II: Spacing Value

  13. Regimes of value in a Chicago market
  14. Tim Cresswell

  15. Urban planning practice and the transformation of value in China: Evidence from the city of Yangzhou
  16. Xu Huanga, Martin Dijsta, Jan van Weesepa

  17. Locating value in the Anthropocene: baselines and the contested nature of invasive plants
  18. Marte Qvenild and Gunhild Setten

  19. "And what do you do with five-hundred million stars?" Assessment of darkness and the starry sky, values and integration in regional planning
  20. Samuel Challéat and Thomas Poméon

  21. Value and diminishment: Listing State Park closures, the 2011 attempt to meet General Fund reductions in California
  22. Gareth Hoskins

    Part III: Practicing Value

  23. Unsettled value: re-identifying tobacco agriculture as heritage in eastern Taiwan
  24. Han-Hsui Chen

  25. Locating value(s) in political ecologies of knowledge: The East Svalbard management plan
  26. Samantha Saville

  27. Locating value in food value chains
  28. Susan Machum

  29. Private finance evaluation amongst REDD+ projects in Indonesia

Rowan Dixon


About the Editors

Sam Saville is currently an ESRC postdoctoral research fellow in Human geography at Aberystwyth University and is extending her doctoral work on value and environmental politics in Svalbard. Her research and publications span interests in polar geography, political ecology, climate change and rural globalization.

Gareth Hoskins is senior lecturer in Geography at Aberystwyth University where he teaches on a variety of topics including urban geography, the politics of memory, heritage, and material culture. His publications involve case studies in the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography