The Usefulness Of Structuralism Analysis Of Oedipus Myth

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In this essay I will explore structuralism and evaluate the usefulness of the theory. I will look at examples of Structuralism in ethnography, such as observable binary oppositions and interpretations of the importance of myth, also exploring criticisms of the theory. I will explore the claim that Structuralism is too theory-based and cannot account for the experience of the individual, and whether this means that Structuralism can be relied on to inform us about human life from an Anthropological perspective. Firstly, I will explore what Structuralism informs us of in the world, looking at universal structures and patterns, interrelating systems and the importance of the unconscious over the conscious. I will then outline supporting evidence, evaluating its relevance and ability in demonstrating the importance of Structuralist theory in its account of human pattern. I will outline kinship and look at myth, and how Lévi-Strauss’ analysis of Oedipus myth illustrates the importance of Structuralist impact on society. Lastly I will …show more content…
Structuralist theory argues toward the normalisation of the unquestioned reproduction of knowledge about correct cultural and social attitudes of communities. These forces “emerge out of human activity but stand outside of human agency or intervention” (Appelrouth & Edles, 2011, p385) which means that this theory accounts for activity and structure in a way that focusses upon the unconscious over the conscious and social facts external to the individual. Loїc Wacquant (2008, p267) wrote that structuralism “seeks out invisible relational patterns operating behind the backs of agents”. It is easy to see how similar structuralist emphasis reflects in other theorists work such as Marx and Weber in this deterministic

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