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How do both post-modernism and structuralism contribute to the logic of disintegration?

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Posted September 8, 2013 at 5:33 PM via iOS

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How do both post-modernism and structuralism contribute to the logic of disintegration?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM (Answer #1)

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While post-modernism can contribute to the logic of disintegration, structuralism cannot. Post-modernism examines and illustrates the ideas of deconstruction. disintegration, and multiculturalism (acceptance of a greater whole based upon the multiple individuals involved). Structuralism, on the other hand, examines and illustrates how the individual acts and reacts based upon the decisions and ideologies of the surrounding culture as a while. Disintegration looks to break down the whole and examine the pieces themselves (apart from the whole). 

Since post-modernism does exactly what disintegration defines itself as, it contributes to the logic of it. Structuralism, since it regards only the whole, fails to adhere to the logic of disintegration. Instead, it goes against it completely. 

Post-modernism, for example, will look at how the language, literary devices, dialogue, or theme says about the text. Structuralism, on the other hand, looks at the language, literary devices, dialogue, and theme as all speaking to the text's message. 

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