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date: 22 April 2021

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This chapter examines an old but persistent and contemporary media genre known as the ‘price book’, ostensibly used for the purposes of building construction, surveying, and project management. Drawing on ethnographic research, the chapter explains the analytical development of conceptual resources that allow research to explore the price book as a market-making device. Occupying a difficult and unreliable reality, the book is found to occupy a founding or foundering role in the production and reproduction of organization by virtue of which it amplifies ontological contingencies and volatilities that have largely been missed in organization and media studies.

Keywords: price book, construction, project management, surveying, SPON’s

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