chapter  15
Shirley Ardener
‘The Partition of Space’
Pages 6

Those who enter it will share certain defining features: they will perhaps have met specific criteria of club membership, bought a ticket or passed a citizenship test. In some way they must be recognised, say by a gate-keeper, such as a hall porter, an usherette or an Immigration Officer, or by the other members of the category.

So, too, other systems of classification will be decided by taxonomic rules of some kind, which will define ‘X’ in contrast to ‘non-X’. Thus, in studying the way people pattern their perceptions, attention has been especially drawn to the significance