chapter
classification
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We cannot think about the world unless we assign it to categories. Categories also help us act upon the world, but are probably not essential to all kinds of activity. It is a matter for debate whether categories for thinking and for acting differ. The discussion which follows concerns classifications as objects of intellectual scrutiny (for the most part, folk classifications), rather than the classifications which anthropologists use to order their data, though these latter are ultimately subject to the same generalizations.