Sociology Index

Post-structuralism

Closely related to postmodernism, Post-structuralism had its origins in the structuralism and is an essential project of structuralism. Post-structuralism denotes the heterogeneous works of a series of mid-20th-century French and continental philosophers and critical theorists.

A major theme of post-structuralism is instability in the human sciences and the impossibility of fully escaping structures in order to study them. Post-structuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world.

Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and post-structuralism, this Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led post-structuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture.

While the author discusses such well-known figures as Roland Barthes, Paul Michel Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan, she also draws pertinent examples from literature, art, film, and popular culture, unfolding the post-structuralist account of what it means to be a human being. Post-structuralism: A Very Short Introduction.