Standardization as Spaces of Diversity

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

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Title Standardization as Spaces of Diversity
 
Creator Loconto, Allison Marie
Demortain, David
 
Subject STS; sociology
standards; standardization;tea production; Rainforest Alliance; UTZ certified
 
Description Standards have become an important object of investigation in social science and STS scholars have called for a more systematic program of research to study standards or standardization (Busch 2011; Timmermans and Epstein 2010). In this considering concepts paper, we engage with their program for a sociology of standards and propose a new way to think about standards and standardization as “spaces of diversity” so as to push our thinking forward about how standards, standardization and innovation processes are linked. We consider standardization as the dynamic interaction in three spaces (standards in the making, standards in action, and standards in circulation) where diversity reemerges only to be tentatively reduced or limited through new rounds of standard setting. We illustrate how diversity is an integral part of standardization with the example of the Rainforest Alliance standard for tea production as it circulated from Costa Rica to Kenya, where it was made and put into action and then circulated again to other African, Asian, and Latin American countries. We end with a proposition for future research on standards to address these other spaces of standards as loci of standardization and innovation.
 
Publisher The Society for Social Studies of Science
 
Contributor Aurélie Delemarle
Jean-Pierre Galland
Lawrence Busch
Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation et Société (IFRIS)
Ile-de-France DIM IS²-IT
 
Date 2017-08-11
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://estsjournal.org/article/view/155
10.17351/ests2017.155
 
Source Engaging Science, Technology, and Society; Vol 3 (2017); 382-392
2413-8053
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://estsjournal.org/article/view/155/104
 
Coverage International


 
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Allison Marie Loconto, David Demortain
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
 

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