Meaning of contextualism

con•tex•tu•al•ism

Pronunciation: (kun-teks'ch-u-liz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. (in motion-picture criticism) the theory that all incidents in a film must be viewed in the social, political, and cultural context with which the film concerns itself and in which it was made.
  2. the aesthetic position that a building or the like should be designed for harmony or a meaningful relationship with other such elements already existing in its vicinity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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