Race serves as a collective term to name the experiences and identity designations of non-white people in a cultural-sociopolitical dimension. In doing so, we deliberately refrain from using the German Rassebegriff, which refers to a subdivision of people on a biological level and thus corresponds to the English breed.

Accordingly, race refers to a social group embedded in a society that is endowed with comparable physical characteristics and also has a similar social horizon of experience. Race thus illustrates the theoretical construction on a social level.