Structuralism and Post-structuralism

-early to mid 20th century
-the idea that every system has a structure, which determines the position of each element as a whole
-the idea that structure is more important that function
-underlying structures of signification
-analysis of human cognition, behaviour, culture and experience

-response to structuralism
-extension and critique of structuralism
-proceeding from the ideas of structuralism, maintains that any text is open to an unlimited range of interpretations


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