Summary: Zerubavel describes how social order is created by the ways we give meaning to things. Social constructions through mental models, metaphors, spaces, and boundaries create “fine lines” that differentiate objects or events from one another. Evokes works by Bowker and Star (boundary objects, classification, invisibility), Geertz (thick description, focus on details, invisibility, genre blurring), Strauss (invisibility), Csikzentmihalyi (flow), Lakoff (metaphors), Moser (cognitive mental models), and Boroditsky (spatial metaphors).
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Annotated paper: Zerubavel – 1991 – The Fine Line Intro and Ch1