chapter  22
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Vested interests

This Part has tried to show that the social value which is placed upon a group of collected objects depends upon the operation of a particular cosmological view which is constructed from the standpoint of 'ourselves'. This brings into its lattice-work a series of value-creating parameters in which individual collected pieces participate, and positions the whole in time and space by using the Other before and beyond to underpin, or shadow, the resulting structure. This mode of creating value runs through our intellectual, aesthetic and historical appreciations, and bears a complex relationship to the market exchange of goods, in which broadly speaking financial values follow cultural values but with the marked exception of much intellectual property to which no (or negligible) monetary value is assigned.