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(kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlɪz əm)

any theory emphasizing the importance of context in examining or designing a work, as of literature or architecture.
con•tex′tu•al•ist, n., adj.


a school of literary criticism that focuses on the work as an autonomous entity, whose meaning should be derived solely from an examination of the work itself. Cf. New Criticism. — contextualist, n., adj.
See also: Criticism
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Noun1.contextualism - any doctrine emphasizing the importance of the context in solving problems or establishing the meaning of terms
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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Proceeding from the assumption that ah analysis of narrative forms can shed new light on the ideological and epistemological implications of narrative, cultural narratology strives to cross the border between textual formalism and historical contextualism, and to close the gaps between narratological bottom-up analysis and cultural top-down synthesis, putting the analytical toolkit developed by narratology to the service of context-sensitive interpretations of novels.
Contextualism never posed itself the question of the structure of a non-propositional claim; in its yearning for an intelligible verbal artwork, it was content to run the risk, against its very best intentions, of transforming that artwork into prose.
This idea is further explicated by numerous theorists such as Ford's (1987) living systems theory, Brofenbrenner's (1979) ecological perspective on development, or Lerner's developmental contextualism (Brandstadter & Lerner, 1999).
Social epistemology, contextualism and the division of labour.
I discuss the extreme contextualism of Felix Cohen, Roger
The root metaphor of contextualism is the "purposive act," which assumes that behavior is goal directed and intentional in a pragmatic and functional way; however, no assumptions are made about teleological or ingrained purposes that govern functioning.
Even after Burns' eleven-page Foreword and four-page Introduction, some readers may find Panzaic Contextualism unacceptable: it may seem too Lawrentian, or too Freudian, or too stark, or too much of a departure from accepted critical norms and practices.
Thus, I argue in this paper for a political economy approach to regional science and the environment, characterised by a commitment to both historical and geographical contextualism.
Not nearly so sharp or sassy as his predecessor, Goldberger championed the "postmodernism" of the 1980s but otherwise paid Huxtable's same obeisances to preservation, contextualism, and a Jacobsean urbanism.
Contextualism can, however, go too far and become strict organicism, which claims that the only way to understand anything is to see it as part of the cosmic whole, understood as an organically integrated system.
Simon's contextualism will also surprise political theorists, who, since Plato, have generally agreed that everyone has a strong duty to obey the law.
When applied to rules promulgated under the Rules Enabling Act,(54) contextualism makes no more or less sense than it does when applied to statutes; there is nothing internal to contextualism to suggest that rules legislated by judges should be treated differently than rules legislated by elected officials.