© 2017 Steve Campsall
STAGE TWO: MEANING AS DIFFERENCE
The second key insight of this theory is that we gain meaning from
something not from the direct qualities of the thing in itself but from a
the thing and what is called its cultural or binary opposite.
This is not to say that reality does
not exist. Binary opposition is concerned with the way that meaning is
Males are, of course - as the cartoon
reminds us - somewhat different biologically from females; but when we think
of those terms we tend not to think biologically but culturally,
of manhood and womanhood. It is at this level that binary opposition works to colour our interpretation
in powerful ways. Whew! Still on board?