structuralism
noun Date: 1907 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 • structuralist noun or adjective

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