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A ‘value’ is a fierce little condensation of meaning, which is to say something the associations and realisations of which matter significantly to a person, and command, to a greater or lesser degree, his or her allegiance. Value is, therefore, the generalising term for all such meanings, and invoked and respected as marking out the large field of abstract qualities grounded in concrete experiences which we have learned to cherish and foster, to teach as admirable to our children and, in many cases, to protect and impose by tradition and by law. All forms of conduct or articles produced which a people ratifies and admires, commends and perpetuates, enshrine and enact values.

Values may obviously be very much at odds, not alone as between societies ...

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