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microcosm

(mī′krə-kŏz′əm)
n.
A small, representative system having analogies to a larger system in constitution, configuration, or development: "He sees the auto industry as a microcosm of the U.S. itself" (William J. Hampton).

mi′cro·cos′mic (-kŏz′mĭk), mi′cro·cos′mi·cal (-mĭ-kəl) adj.
mi′cro·cos′mi·cal·ly adv.

microcosm

  1. an entity which is a miniature version of a more common, extensive whole.
  2. a controlled laboratory system that contains the necessary components of the ECOSYSTEM being studied. Microcosms are designed to simulate natural systems, but are likely to be simplified versions of such systems and thus may exclude or alter certain of the processes that occur naturally A microcosm may represent a portion of a natural system, that has been brought into the laboratory with the INDIGENOUS ORGANISMS and processes relatively undisturbed. Alternatively, a microcosm may be constructed in the laboratory as a simpler representation of the natural system, so that certain biological factors can be studied. The limitations of any particular microcosm must be fully understood when interpreting the results obtained from it.
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While Neate suggests that El Hoyo microcosmically represents Chicano identity, I propose that Garza and his barbershop act as synecdoches for the even more complex community intertextual conflicts of economic systems, gendered spaces, and assimilation threats.
In The Historical Novel (1947), he draws a broad distinction between exemplars of this eponymous genre which focus painstakingly on historical details or seek to depict accurately the external facts of actual historical events, and those novels which reflect the important, dialectically-grounded human struggles of various epochs microcosmically in poetically portraying clashes between fictional but representative members of key social groups.
469) on behalf of the British cause during hand-to-hand combat with a Russian saboteur--thus microcosmically enacts the fantasy of an Ireland rendered disciplined, tractable, and, above all, serviceable for the British Empire during a period when Conservative imperialists such as Kipling were vociferously denouncing proposals for Irish Home Rule.
49] Stockhausen is impressed, both as a composer and as an observer of Creation, by the fact that in a microcosmically small amount of time a vibrating particle of matter, for example, a myonneutrino, can travel extraordinarily long distances through the universe.
Two Yugoslavias" (1918 to 1941 and 1945 to 1991) were created in the aftermath of the two world wars; these, in many ways, were fought microcosmically as civil wars on the territory from which the new "South Slav" state was formed.
He knows that they encircle him, circumscribe his experience to an extent only microcosmically modeled by his high school's Resource Room.
But it is also unremittingly intelligent and one feels microcosmically enlightened after attending it.
If Nehanda represents the spirit of Zimbabwe, as Vera seems to imply, then the nation, born with pain and difficulty and possessing a rich and unique vision, must struggle to maintain its independent will against the greater strength of British imperialism, microcosmically pitting female against male in a cataclysmic battle of forces that will determine the history of both peoples.
Bloom, because he is capable of entertaining multiple and even contradictory historical perspectives, reflects microcosmically the perspectivism at work at large in Ulysses.
In other words, the same Love/Strife dualism exists microcosmically as well:
As the "reconstruction" of Iraq gets underway, reality television shows about plastic surgery proliferate: the violence of the war abroad microcosmically acted out on the bodies of women at home.