Structuralism, post-structuralism, and the library: De Saussure and Foucault

Gary P. Radford, Marie L. Radford

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Purpose - Explores the relevance of structuralism and post-structuralism to the field of library and information science (LIS). Design/methodology/approach - The paper is a literature-based conceptual analysis of the two philosophical movements, structuralism and post-structuralism, as represented by the seminal figures of Ferdinand de Saussure and Michel Foucault. Findings - The principles of structuralism and post-structuralism have significant implications for how the role of the modern library can and should be viewed. Originality/value - Provides insights into LIS by drawing on philosophical perspectives that are beyond the LIS literature.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)60-78
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Information science
  • Libraries
  • Philosophy


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