Before I begin my script writing for my final work, I began narrowing down key quotes that appealed to me and the subject of boundaries. Looking to these for inspiration, these parts aim to highlight a key concept or issue that can be related in my media-making, particularly in the groups I have broken them into.


  • It is wrong to look for boundaries between preexisting social entities. Rather we should start with boundaries and investigate how people create entities by linking those boundaries into units. We should not look for boundaries of things but things of boundaries.’ (Abbott 1995, pp. 857)
  • Categories, it appears, play an important role in all knowledge as the units through which we experience and understand the world.’ (Jones 2009, pp. 175)
  • The power to define categories comes from the ability to establish the boundaries between what is on the inside and the outside.’ (Jones 2009, pp. 177)


  •  ‘Foucault argued that power comes from obscuring difference by forcing the multiple into manageable units (categories) with solid separations (boundaries) between them. The key point is that categories do not simply mimetically represent the world but instead simultaneously create it and limit it. The power to define categories comes from the ability to establish the boundaries between what is on the inside and the outside.‘ (Jones 2009, pp. 177)
  • [A] boundary must come before what is inside can even be understood as an entity. In processual ontology, ‘it [does] not really matter what these boundaries were, at first. They began as simple, inchoate differences.‘ (jones 2009, pp. 180)
  • When we are trying to think of the boundaries between categories as open and porous – which, intellectually, we know they are – we tend cognitively to understand categories as closed and bounded containers.‘ (Jones 2009, pp. 179)


  • In human brains, and the brains of all animals, there are far fewer connections between parts of the brain than there are neurons and synapses in each part. Thus, in order for information to move between parts of the brain it has to be grouped into manageable units, that is, it must be categorized.’ (Jones 2009, pp. 178)

  • Language is a system for simplifying the diversity of the world by categorizing and organizing it… although language is meant to illuminate patterns in the world, it just as often obscures and hides the complexity of what may be actually happening… The question becomes, then, if we now acknowledge that all of these categories are socially constructed, why do we have such trouble moving beyond them?‘ (Jones 2009, pp.175)
  • For Lakoff and Johnson (1999), although our conceptual categories are often inexact, we still cannot ‘“get beyond” our categories and have a purely uncategorized and unconceptualized experience. Neural beings cannot do that.’ (Jones 2009, pp. 178)
  • ‘There is always something that cannot be described.’ (Thrift 1996, pp. 34)

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