Abstractions of categorism

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There are two ways in which categorization becomes categorism. The one called "abstractions of categorism" is the one where the categorization itself is the problem. This is when facets of categorism are applied to how we divide people into categories. (For the other one, see foci of categorism.) Note that categorization, and thus abstractions of categorism, operate on at least six levels.

List of 10 abstractions

This list is available at page 70 of the thesis. The list is not intended to be conclusive, as there are many ways in which categorization itself can become problematic or worse.

Other Abstraction

  • Xenophobia: Categorism against "the other", whoever this "other" may be. Xenophobia and "loosely defined Abyss-category" are two sides of the same coin: While Xenophobia is about excluding people from the in-group, LDAC is about including people in a specific out-group.
  • Excuse shift: Drifting from one categorization to another. "Of course it's not racism to hate brown-skinned people, because I just realized that it's about them being Muslims rather than about their skin-color itself".