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Structure Below the Surface

Structure Below the Surface - appearance and not cause...

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Structure Below the Surface Essentialism is an idea that comes out of the French Structuralist School of Althusser and Foucoult. Essentialism generally refers to social structures that lie below the surface of observable society. According to Sartre, essentialists are concerned with the unconsciousness foundations of human culture. For essentialists the descriptive level (what people see) is only one of
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Unformatted text preview: appearance and not cause. Cause is hidden. To understand society, one needs to go beyond description (the surface) to the causal level. The characteristics of the economy determines what we see on the surface (in government, size of family, type of profession, major concerns of criminal justice, etc.)...
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