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

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Structuralism as method of study in fields such as anthropology, biology and sociology relies on relating aspects of a culture or system to a larger, more universal structure. It is most often based on classifying objects in terms oppositions: for example, a life form is either male or female, animal or vegetable, insect or bird, etc. Everything fits neatly into a slot

However, in his anthropological studies of incest taboos across cultures, the anthropologist Levi-Strauss noticed that the fundamental binary opposition of "nature versus culture" collapsed or disintegrated in the case of incest taboos. The incest taboo was natural in that it was universal across cultures, but also cultural, in that the details varied sharply from culture to culture in terms of what relationships were and weren't taboo. But how could this be? How could something be both natural and cultural? From this contradiction, Levi-Strauss concluded that the intellectual structures we establish, such as the...

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