From Generative Anthropology

The center is what constitutes the social order. It is the locus of attention that is both the cause and the product of signs.


The center is the agency on the originary scene that repels the humans on the periphery from appropriating the central object and compels them to issue the ostensive sign. Human agency comes to be modeled on the agency of the center. The center-periphery relationship, or centered ordinality, that is constitutive of all scenes is modeled on this originary hierarchy between the signified center and the hominid signifiers on the periphery.


The center is able to issue imperatives and requests can be made of it. It is paradoxical in that center is both inside the scene and outside the scene. The center distributes signs and it contains the collective signifying capacities of the community.