One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The belief in or practice of focusing attention on the basic structural components of an object of study, sometimes to the exclusion of all else. rare.
2Art. Also with capital initial. The artistic theory or practice, developed by the U.S. artist Charles Biederman (1906–2004), of emphasizing the underlying structural forms and processes found in nature through painted reliefs.
3Sociology. A school of thought that emphasizes the relationships and interactions between social structures and human agency.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Science. From structure + -ism.
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