Neostructuralism | Susan Jean Mayer


I also engage a range of issues having to do with social science method. Most of this work currently occurs in relation to a notion I call neostructuralism. In short, I have proposed a principled pairing of structural and contextual analyses in research that advances normative claims regarding the social world.

As many theorists have noted, scientists now realize that knowledge of the systems that organize human experience can only be gained in relation to specific circumstances, methods, and aims. Only by placing structural analyses of psychological or sociological systems into relationship within a relevant human context, then, can one establish the significance of that analysis for the practical enactment of any human endeavor.

Read More:

Mayer, S. J., (in review). “Reinventing Structuralism for the Postmodern Sensibility.” Unpublished paper presented at the 2007 Jean Piaget Society Meeting and AERA 2008.

Mayer, S. J., (in review). “Integrating (Neo)Structural and Ethnographic Characterization within Comparative Classroom Research.” Unpublished paper presented at the 2009 Ethnography in Educational Research Forum. 

Mayer, S.J., “Bracketing Uncertainty: The Neostructuralist Move.” Unpublished paper presented at the AAACS conference.