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

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 The dynamic works, which comprise Herman Miller’s most iconic ads, catalogs and ephemera from 1949 to 1979, feature a range of conceptual styles, from structuralism to modernism, along with a diverse palette. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2021 The Democratic and Republican bases have arrived at structuralism from different directions. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 29 June 2021 This rejection of the legitimacy of the judicial process is rooted in the same neo-Marxist ideology—a race- and identity-based interpretation of structuralism—that holds sway over the minds of much of our ruling class. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 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, 25 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of structuralism

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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