struc·​tur·​al·​ism | \ ˈstrək-chə-rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce structuralism (audio) , ˈstrək-shrə- \

Definition of structuralism

1 : psychology concerned especially with resolution of the mind into structural elements
2 : structural linguistics
3 : an anthropological movement associated especially with Claude Lévi-Strauss that seeks to analyze social relationships in terms of highly abstract relational structures often expressed in a logical symbolism
4 : a method of analysis (as of a literary text or a political system) that is related to cultural anthropology and that focuses on recurring patterns of thought and behavior

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Other Words from structuralism

structuralist \ ˈstrək-​chə-​rə-​list How to pronounce structuralism (audio) , ˈstrək-​shrə-​ \ noun or adjective

Examples of structuralism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Right now, the campus religion remains nihilist, meaning-destroying post-structuralism, whose pilfering god, the one-note Foucault, had near-zero scholarly knowledge of anything before or beyond the European Enlightenment. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: True Religion," 25 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of structuralism

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Structuralism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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struc·​tur·​al·​ism | \ ˈstrək-chə-rə-ˌliz-əm, ˈstrək-shrə- How to pronounce structuralism (audio) \

Medical Definition of structuralism

: psychology concerned especially with resolution of the mind into structural elements

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