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superstructure

That portion of a building or other structure that is aboveground.

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Inasmuch as theology is a superstructural phenomenon, it can perform a legitimizing function for the structures of oppression in society.
Sticking within the left-right analysis kept one safely tucked inside this little proto-Marxian circuit: insisting on the fundamental nature of the productive infrastructure invited cursory dismissal of culture and politics as superstructural epiphenomena, conveniently ignorable.
this whole global, yet American, postmodern culture is the internal and superstructural expression of a whole new wave of American military and economic domination throughout the world: in this sense, as throughout class history, the underside of culture is blood, torture, death and terror.
They, in turn, perpetuate and legitimize the macrosocial: "Violence [is] rooted in the infrastructural dimension of society, perpetuated by the superstructural dimension, and absorbed, practiced, and reinforced on the intra- and interpersonal levels" (Ibid.
To account for shifting forms of work, a new archetype is necessary -- a superstructural space: a place that functions in different situations, for concentrated individual work, spontaneous exchange, personal encounters, collaborative work and meetings.
These may be seen (to adopt a somewhat marxisant terminology) as set on a gradient from the more superstructural features to the more basal ones, and in this volume the first of these gets the most attention and the last the least.
Whether treated as epiphenomenal or superstructural, the objects of study dominating post-World War II American Studies--"myths and symbols" to use a convenient tag--hardly warranted the attention of serious scholars dealing with urgent issues of global political instability, economic crisis, war, genocide, famine and drought, and the spread of infectious diseases.
All intellectual, political, and religious phenomena were superstructural rationalizations of economic interests.
In his view subspheres of Western culture, including education, literature, visual art, scientific study, and many others, provided superstructural buttresses to the exertions of imperial expansion and hegemony.
if it does not function exactly as the base to the superstructural, sociopolitical sites, certainly is the primary focus of [Melville's] engagement with antebellum American culture" (45).
The point of departure for this is Lenin's reformulation of the term 'ideology'; for Lenin broke free of the traditional marxist criterion of ideology in which, on the one hand, ideology was a superstructural phenomenon but, on the other, was recognised as the 'false consciousness' of manipulated actors.
Hill (2009) describes racism as "[giving] framework to the superstructural, substructural, and infrastructural processes and institutions that practice racial exclusion, circumscription, and proscription" (p.