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superstructure

1. Nautical any structure above the main deck of a ship with sides flush with the sides of the hull
2. the part of a bridge supported by the piers and abutments
3. (in Marxist theory) an edifice of interdependent agencies of the state, including legal and political institutions and ideologies, each possessing some autonomy but remaining products of the dominant mode of economic production
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Superstructure

Any structure built upon something else, such as a building on its foundation; any structure above the main supporting level, as opposed to the substructure or basement.
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superstructure

see BASE AND SUPERSTRUCTURE.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Superstructure

 

a concept within historical materialism that signifies the totality of ideological relationships, views, and institutions in a given society. The superstructure embraces the state, the political and legal forms of consciousness, and the corresponding institutions, as well as morals, religion, philosophy, and art.

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superstructure

[′sü·pər‚strək·chər]
(civil engineering)
The part of a structure that is raised on the foundation.
(naval architecture)
The entire structure of a ship above the main deck.
(solid-state physics)
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superstructure

1. That part of a building or structure which is above the level of the adjoining ground or the level of the foundation.
2. Any structure built on something else, as a building on its foundation; that part of a structure which receives the live load directly.
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superstructure

superstructure
superstructure
i. The framework of formers and stringers attached to the main truss-type aircraft fuselage. It is not a load-bearing member but gives shape to the fuselage.
ii. A secondary structure built above the main fuselage or another part of the aircraft. It is used normally while testing the engine before mating the rear fuselage with the front fuselage.
iii. The above-deck structure on an aircraft.
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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.
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).
Hill (2009) describes racism as "[giving] framework to the superstructural, substructural, and infrastructural processes and institutions that practice racial exclusion, circumscription, and proscription" (p.
Many substructural and superstructural deficiencies which stand out in many rural settlements in Turkey are not common in this area.
More recently, Paul Wetherly has supported this interpretation from an economic theory perspective, by arguing that the relative autonomy of superstructural institutions comes about as a result of their own institutional logics, capacities and resources, and as a result of non-economic determinations; so while there may be multiple determinants, including economic and non-economic, class and non-class factors, in how these institutions function, this does not invalidate economic determination per se (Wetherly 2001).
(17) Empires of Belief builds not on Fredric Jameson's seminal analysis of postmodernism as the 'superstructural expression of a whole new wave of American military and economic domination throughout the world', (18) but on Hal Foster's influential discrimination of a 'postmodernism of resistance' from a 'postmodernism of reaction'; (19) Sim locates the former, as a critique of Western modernity, in a 'tradition of scepticism that has a long and distinguished history in Western philosophy'.
in postliberation South Africa" (2005: 182) I would grant the quotidian greater superstructural fluidity than is countenanced by Sole's political-economic base.
To a large extent, the approach identifies the infrastructural elements as causes of structural and superstructural phenomena.
SuperStructural Monolithic Solutions consist of an array of glass-, carbon-, and long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics for very high stiffness and strength combined with excellent resistance to creep and fatigue.
Lower value of melt elasticity, which is related to short relaxation time, promotes more spherulitic-like superstructural element in the film.
Picture the superstructural frame of a building under construction: these crystals consist only of their outer edges, as thin gray girders, and have no interiors, i.e.
Culture is superstructural. This is the basis of Marx's materialist conception of history.