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Chapter 4: Cultural Processes on the Borders: Constructive Internalization and Externalization

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Cultural Processes on the Borders: Constructive Internalization and Externalization
Cultural processes on the borders: Constructive internalization and externalization

The human body is the arena for the double process of internalization and externalization. Both parts of this dual process are constructive—they transform the “in-coming” messages into a new form (internalization) and compose new messages on the “output” for the social world to experience—and further internalize. Persons actively decompose messages—communicated to them by signs—and re-compose them into new intra-psychic patterns which are then constructively brought to the sphere of accessibility by others. Through such a two-fold process—analysis and synthesis—human beings remain related to one another while creating one's subjective uniqueness. This, in a nutshell, is the realm covered in this chapter: the semiotic mediation happens on the borders.

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