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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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core definition

Post-structuralism is a term used to represent a movement, initially in literature and linguistics that reacted against structuralism.

explanatory context

Post-structuralism is associated with deconstructivism and postmodernism and neo-neitschzianism.

Post-structuralism was first mooted in America at a conference in 1966 at Johns Hopkins University called 'The Language of Criticism and the Sciences of Man'. It was attended by French post-structuralists including Derrida.

America took post-structuralism to heart and developed and institutionalised it.

analytical review

The McGraw-Hill (2004) Sociological Theory site Glossary defines 'poststructuralist' as:

A theorist, like Bourdieu, who has been influenced by a structuralist perspective but who has moved beyond it to synthesize it with other theoretical ideas and perspectives.

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related areas

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McGraw-Hill, 2004, Sociological Theory: Glossary , available at, accessed 14 May 2013, page not available 24 December 2016.

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