chapter  4
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Maya and “Mestizo” : Two Different Worlds

The notion of semantic density of a category, as put forward by Ardener and applied in Chapter Two, differs from schema theory in its departure from specific categories and stress on experience rather than on cognitive dynamics of categorization. Arderner’s approach grew out of a different tradition. Since the progression of my analysis moves more and more into the taken for granted socio-cultural knowledge, I find the notion of a cultural model as more fruitful than the focus on specific categories.