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Deconstruction is a concept central to postmodernism. Deconstruction is a process of rigorously analyzing and making apparent the assumptions, judgments and values that underlie social arrangements and intellectual ideas. Jacques Derrida developed a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction. Jacques Derrida's work was labeled post-structuralism and is also associated with postmodern philosophy.

Postmodern Deconstruction Of Newtonian Science: A Physical-to-social Transposition Of Causality, L. Frederick Zaman III, Neural Engineering Research & Development - Abstract: A postmodern deconstruction of basic physical theory is made possible through a physico-social transposition of the Newtonian-based event causation of physical bodies, whose inertia, accelerative force, and action-reaction become the agent causation of social beings. This deconstruction is a counterfactual that perhaps can validate Steven Lukes' three faces of power in the natural sciences.

Realism, Deconstruction and the Feminist Standpoint - Caroline New 
Feminist Standpoint Theory claims that by virtue of their social positioning women have access to, or can achieve, particular and/or better knowledge of gendered social relations.

Narrative after deconstruction: structure and the negative poetics of William Burroughs's 'Cities of the Red Night.' - Style, Spring, 1995 by Daniel Punday.
Traditionally Burroughs is known for a negative poetics that assaults the word and all continuity for the sake of breaking down social control. Burroughs and other writers can be seen as working through the deconstructive impulse that dominated writing of the 1970s without rejecting that deconstruction wholesale. Because Burroughs's writing was more radically deconstructive than any of these other writers.

Something Old, Something New...: Sociology and the Organisation of Psychiatry - David Pilgrim, Anne Rogers 
Whilst sociology has taken a consistent interest in psychiatry, theoretical and methodological approaches have varied. This paper summarises three versions of the sociology of psychiatry, social causationism, interpretive micro-sociology and structuralism. These contrasted with the more recent post-structuralist emphasis on deconstruction.

The rise and fall, construction and deconstruction of different types of boundaries, biological, psychological, geographical, cultural, social, political, make up the very story of human civilisation and of contemporary social transformation.

Deconstruction in a Thinking Science: Theoretical Physicists at Work - Martina Merz, Karin Knorr Cetina. 
To specify the work and accomplishments of theoretical physicists we choose the notion of deconstruction. Deconstruction involves the expansion of a concrete object into a series of other objects upon which the hardness of a problem can be shifted and distributed. The determinate path of a deconstruction method needs to be supplemented by the exploration of clues and guesses.

Philosophy: Re-marking Deconstruction - Peter Davio
I discuss the French philosopher Jacques Derrida and his practice of deconstruction in relation to the age-old tradition of Western philosophy, and the current practices of conceptual analysis. Through a close reading of his essays and a critical examination of the logic of deconstruction, I suggest several ways in which we can re-mark deconstruction as a philosophical practice.

Codes of Power. Deconstruction of institutional discourses
In opposition to an "empirical" description where the "fact" is described as if it was not "social" but a fact "of nature" the deconstruction of the Power discourse shows that the "fact" is produced as definition or description. The Power-discourse works as Code which through strict controls of human behavior, thought and language "produces" a form of "Reality".

Men in the Public Eye: The Construction and Deconstruction of Public Men and Public Patriarchies. by Jeff Hearn - Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Jan., 1994), pp. 104-105.