Archetype Extraction is a specific application of the Social Construction of Emergent Properties. Archetype Extraction is a method of extracting and articulating common cultural understandings about how a community views things. It is an activity commonly run in parallel, or as part of a larger project - the results are meant as a complement to larger and more meaningful projects. Specifically, Archetype Extraction helps to identify these shared views and re-create them in the form of characters (Archetypes) which are uniformly agreed to be accepted cultural representations of that community. The extraction is done through a two-stage process and the final outputs take visual form with the aid of an on-site cartoonist.

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