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Categories We Live By – The Construction of Sex, Gender, Race, and Other Social Categories - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Categories We Live By: The Construction of Sex, Gender, Race, and Other Social Categories



We are women, we are men. We are refugees, single mothers, people with disabilities, and queers. We belong to social categories that frame their action, self-understanding, and life options. But what are social categories? How are they created and sustained? How does one come to belong to them? To answer these questions is to offer a metaphysics of social categories, and that is the project of Categories We Live By. The key component in the story offered is a theory of what it is for a feature of an individual to be socially meaningful in a context. People have a myriad of features, but only s ... More

Keywords: social category, social construction, social meaning, conferralism, metaphysics, social identity, feminist metaphysics, gender, sex, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190256791
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190256791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ásta, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University