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Welfare and well-beingSocial value in public policy$
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Bill Jordan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420800

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420800.001.0001

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Social value and well-being: paying tribute

Social value and well-being: paying tribute

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(p.111) six Social value and well-being: paying tribute
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Welfare and well-being
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Bill Jordan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420800.003.0007

This chapter develops an alternative account of social value, in which the type of economic value that is produced and exchanged in the dominant model is but a particular version. It analyses the implications of the transformations of the collective life of Anglophone societies. First, it shows that the ‘objective’ is socially constructed; they vary between societies through factors other than mechanical laws that are taken to govern them. Second, the chapter considers the nature of the collective culture of individualism as a source of social value. The overall aim of this chapter is to demonstrate that as a way of understanding and distributing social value, individualism makes people vulnerable to a set of harms such as stigma, exclusion and isolation which can become endemic in the society.

Keywords:   social value, transformation, collective life, isolation, individualism, stigma, exclusion

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