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Culture

'Culture' is not a real thing, but an abstract and purely analytical notion. In itself, 'it' does not 'cause' behaviour, but denotes an abstraction from it, and is thus neither formative nor predictive but a heuristic means toward explaining how people understand and act upon the world.

 

Gerd Baumann

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Gender

... is a human invention that organizes our behavior and thought, not as a set of static structures or roles but as an ongoing process that is experienced through an array of social institutions from the family to the state.

 

... as a process yields a praxis-oriented perspective wherein gender identities, relations and ideologies are fluid, not fixed.

 

S.J. Mahler / P.R. Pessar

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Race

Race, I am suggesting, is not simply a set of ideas or understandings. The category represents, more broadly, a way (or a set of ways) of being in the world, of living, of meaning-making.

 

D.T. Goldberg

 

Racially produced and enacted slavery ... is Western modernity's shadow.

 

D.T. Goldberg

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Erfahrungen & Sinn

Die unermeßliche Weltkomplexität, die sich in dem Tatbestand einer konstitutiven Kontingenz der Erfahrens von Welt artikuliert, muß, soll mit ihr umgegangen werden, reduziert werden. Diese Reduktion von Weltkomplexität findet, abstrakt formuliert, über Systembildung statt; also über das Ziehen einer Grenze zwischen innen und außen. 

Über das Ziehen einer solchen Grenze werden dynamische Zusammenhänge herauskristallisiert, die dann von geringerer Komplexität sind als die Umwelt.

 

Niklas Luhmann nach Helga Gripp-Hagelstange

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