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Department
Communications
Course
CMNS 1115
Professor
W.Yeung
Semester
Winter

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The ideology of cultural classification The ordering of experience in language is evident in classification systems • The “being” of things is related to how we attribute meaning to them • Meaning is shaped by how we relate things to each other, categorise them, differentiate them, etc. • Meaning is grounded in culturally specific classification systems • Such systems differ between cultures – but also between members of a society according to its internal divisions They are political where they are hierarchical & where a dominant meaning reflects the interests of a specific group E.g., how do we define intelligence? Ketchup – condiment or vegetable? Our answers to these questions point to the politics of signification, which we’ll consider in connection with the critical tradition Relationships and Groups The soc
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