can’t say I remember the precise moment I encountered
the term valorization in reading Foucault, but there is no doubt
I didn’t get it. To me valor meant bravery and that was
that. But when it opened up, it did so in a big way. It is one
thing to say groups express preferences, but to note their expression
deep in language and practices not obviously constructed for
the purpose, systematizes the otherwise random and trivial.
Ergo: systems of valorization.
insight expanded and became personal as I grasped its application
to the order connecting events and feelings about them. The
connection is made by local conceptions of appropriateness,
and conformity to these conceptions determines the viability
of ones place in the community. Camus opens THE STRANGER with
the man’s confession of doubt as to whether his mother
died today or yesterday, and with this confession we know straight
off this is not a regular sort of chap.
it is in the nature of communities to treat these connections
and therefore nonnegotiable. Opening, in this place, an interrogation
of the system of valorization that established these connections
seems quite plainly, an act of great insurrection.