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Social value systems
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1. General remarks

Values is an empty signifier, which can mean anything. What matters is who can impose his interpretational sovereignty over the term and make use of it to support his interests with authority” [12. 37]. Against this background, social value systems are historically transmitted or newly created webs of meaning that determine the preservation, stabilization, or construction of a socio-moral behavioral …

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Hering Torres, Max Sebastián, “Social value systems”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027701>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208



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