Definition of structuralism in English:

structuralism

Line breaks: struc¦tur¦al|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈstrʌktʃ(ə)r(ə)lɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A method of interpretation and analysis of aspects of human cognition, behaviour, culture, and experience, which focuses on relationships of contrast between elements in a conceptual system.
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    • His work fuses elements of American structuralism, the narrative avant-garde and experimental documentary.
    • Poststructuralism is beyond structuralism and focuses on ‘social discourses’ that shape meaning within the reader's mind.
    • The methods of structuralism and poststructuralism have been beneficial to the study of visual material in various respects.
  • 1.1The doctrine that structure is more important than function.
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    • Until the 1960s this remained the intellectual agenda of U.S. anthropology, which largely ignored the emergence of both functionalism and structuralism in Europe.
    • There was an immediate affinity between the two, since in France structuralism represented a revolt against the existentialist idea of the self.
    • Instead, he mobilizes the logical modalities for his eliminative structuralism.

Originating in the structural linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure, and extended into anthropology by Claude Lévi-Strauss, structuralism was adapted to a wide range of social and cultural studies, especially in the 1960s, by writers such as Roland Barthes, Louis Althusser, and Jacques Lacan

Derivatives

structuralist

noun & adjective
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  • Said remarked that structuralists stood at ‘the beginning of a new era’.
  • As one of theater's finest structuralists, Cooney writes plays that are a maze of interrelated elements.
  • ‘He was a poet rather than a rigid structuralist like the pure modernists,’ Bell said.

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