chapter  4
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Where to Locate Sociocultural Boundaries

Social Inequalities and Their Contexts
WithAnna Amelina

The contextualization of the interplay of the spatial type and other types of sociocultural boundaries requires an alternative theoretic framework that can avoid the modernist conception of society as a consistent unit. The strand of the research contributes to the corresponding use of the categories of society and nation state in social theory and research. The entangled-history approach would address the cross-border spatialized relations as being quintessential for the formation of diverse institutions and experiences of post-socialisms and postcolonialisms. Poststructuralist scholars prioritize the heterogeneity and temporality of social organization and thus allow researchers to avoid overemphasizing structure and causal determination in the social-space and social-field-like theories. The scale approach described is a paradigmatic example of the spatial turn in the social sciences, which recognizes spatial relations as being socially generated. Social fields are reproduced around a field-specific logic or ‘rules of the game’, such as building up one’s reputation in the field of science.