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Quality pp 107-151 | Cite as

Quality Inscriptions: Their Makers and Their Consequences

  • Peter Dahler-LarsenEmail author
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Abstract

The previous chapter made clear that the concept of quality itself is spacious enough to embrace a wide variety of perspectives. Furthermore, within a given perspective, no one can guarantee that (the social construction of) quality remains stable and fixed. This chapter is concerned with how quality inscriptions take place, who makes them, and what the consequences of quality inscriptions are.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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