Film Theory: Levi-Strauss–Binary Oppositions

Some theorists have borrowed concepts from the great structural anthropologists, Claude Levi-Strauss, specifically his notion of binary oppositions.

Juxtaposing Tradition and Modernity:

Japan vs. West

Feudal vs. Democratic

Past vs. Future

Society vs. Individual

Hierarchy vs. Equality

Nature vs. Technology

Duty vs. Inclination

Self-Sacrifice vs. Self-Expression

Consensus vs. Diversity

Age vs. Youth

Authority vs. Autonomy

Conservative vs. Liberal

Fatalism vs. Optimism

Obedience vs. Independence

Form vs. Substance

Security vs. Anxiety